Rain Tuesday allowed firefighters to increase containment of the week-old Walker Fire in Plumas County, the biggest California wildfire so far this season.
The Tuesday evening report from Plumas National Forest put the acreage burned at 47,340 (74 square miles) and containment at 20 percent. It had grown about 3,000 acres in the previous 24 hours.
Mandatory evacuations imposed last week were reduced to advisory warnings in all areas except Murdock Crossing and Stoney, small outposts southeast of Antelope Lake.
The national forest closure (black line in map above) remains in place, as do the closures of Genesee Valley Road, Antelope Lake Road from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam, Janesville Grade and Beckwourth-Genesee Road.
Other major fires burning in California:
- Taboose Fire, Inyo County: 9,335 acres, 36 percent contained. Evacuation orders lifted in Big Pine Canyon; roads and trails on the eastern slope of the Sierra remain closed.
- Red Bank Fire, Tehama County: 8,838 acres, 80 percent contained. Acreage growth continues to hold.
- Lone Fire, Modoc County: 5,737 acres, 87 percent contained.
Source: East Bay Walker Fire map: Evacuations reduced as rain helps firefighters