Friday, December 1, 2023

Walker Fire Tears Through 109 Acres of Wildland South of Willits Before Firefighters Gain Control

The Walker Fire rises above Highway 101 [All pictures by Matt LaFever]

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. 

An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Walker Fire

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 Sikorsky S70i CAL FIRE Hawk above the Walker Fire

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.

Sikorsky S70i CAL FIRE Hawk dumps water on an eastern flank of the Walker Fire

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.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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