(UPDATED at 7:28 a.m. PDT June 17, 2020)
The relative humidity at a weather station on Hogan Dam Road near the Walker Fire increased early Wednesday morning, climbing to 74 percent. That will change later in the day under a Red Flag Warning with predictions for 12 to 17 percent in the afternoon with northwest winds increasing to 15 mph on ridgetops with gusts to 24 mph.
As you can see in the photo above taken Wednesday morning there was much less activity on the fire compared with Tuesday evening.
Firefighters planned for a substantial effort on Wednesday, placing an overnight order for 45 fire engines, 20 hand crews, four air tankers, and several helicopters.
There has been no update from CAL FIRE since Tuesday evening when they said the fire had burned 1,000 acres.
(Originally published at 8:01 p.m. PDT June 16, 2020)
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is battling the Walker Fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon about 10 miles northwest of Angels Camp and 29 miles east-northeast of Stockton.
The fire grew rapidly and by 7:30 p.m. firefighters estimated it had burned approximately 1,000 acres and described the rate of spread as “critical”, but were optimistic about making good progress in the coming hours. Numerous hand crews, engines, dozers, air tankers, and helicopters have been requested or are on scene.
The fire is close enough to the Upper Bear Alert Wildfire camera that excellent photos are available.