Yesterday, starting at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Walker Fire tore through dry grass and oak savannah at the southern end of the Willits Valley prompting evacuation warnings, road closures, and threatened structures.
By sunset, the fire burned 109 acres and the fire’s forward progress was stopped. This morning’s Incident Update from CAL FIRE indicates the fire is 25% contained.
One of the northbound lanes of Highway 101 was closed during the incident slowing the afternoon commute for residents.
Throughout today, firefighters will be mopping up the area and patrolling for any flare ups.
A sizable firefighter response converged on the Walker Fire including ten fire engines, four water tenders, two hand crew, and numerous air resources. A total of 108 firefighters joined the effort.
A myriad of agencies contributed to the firefight including Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, City of Willits, Little Lake Fire District, Hopland Fire Protection District, Potter Valley Fire District, California Highway Patrol, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Transporation, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, and the California National Guard.