State’s Biggest Blaze Continues to Burn Out of Control

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The Walker fire near Quincy in northeastern California continued to expand overnight Saturday, and now has consumed more than 38 thousand acres, making it the biggest active wildfire in the state.

The blaze has prompted the evacuation of the town of Milford, and is currently only 5 percent contained.  The fire is burning in grass and timber in the Plumas National Forest, some 120 miles northeast of Sacramento.  Additional firefighters and equipment was arriving in the area today to try to hault the advance of flames.

In this satellite image you can see smoke from both the Walker Fire and the Red Bank Fire, which has grown to almost 9 thousand acres west of Red Bluff in Tehama County.

Although strong winds overnight allowed both fires to grow, cooler temperatures today and higher humidity are helping to slow the advance of flames, allowing crews to make progress on both major blazes.

Meantime, the Oak Fire which broke out Friday near Kelseyville in Lake County is now fully contained and was held to just 53 acres.

 

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