Walker Fire burns hundreds of acres west of Angels Camp, CA

(UPDATED at 7:28 a.m. PDT June 17, 2020)

Walker Fire map California
Map showing heat detected on the Walker Fire by a satellite at 2:12 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.

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The Walker Fire as seen from Upper Bear at 6:50 a.m. PDT June 17, 2020.

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)

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA
Air Tanker 137, a B-737, maneuvers over the Walker Fire at 7:28 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.

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA map
Map showing the approximate location of the Walker Fire in Calaveras County, California.

The fire is close enough to the Upper Bear Alert Wildfire camera that excellent photos are available.

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA
Walker Fire at 7:25 PDT June 16, 2020.

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA
Walker Fire at 6:13 PDT June 16, 2020.

 

Walker Fire in Calaveras County, CA
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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

One thought on “Walker Fire burns hundreds of acres west of Angels Camp, CA”

  1. The local T.V. stations are calling this a grass fire? The area is rank old growth chaparral that hasn’t burned in recent history. The fire is situated on a southwest exposure with strong gust winds. Looking at the resource orders this is a good test of Dr. Gabbert’s prescription for first burning period containment. Just notices that the Global Supertanker T744ST has just landed at McClellan (MCC).

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