Fire fought near Camptonville at Highway 49 and Ridge Road
Update: 4:30 p.m.
According to Michael Woodbridge, public information officer for the Tahoe National Forest, the Walker incident is now 75 percent contained.
“They’re looking at releasing more resources from the fire, so they’re feeling pretty good about where they’re at with it,” Woodbridge said.
Firefighters have also been able to map the fire using GPS technology, and the official size of the incident is now at 12.3 acres.
Firefighters are currently responding to a 10-12 acre fire in the Camptonville area, known as the Walker incident. The fire is believed to have started at approximately 1:15 p.m. in Celestial Valley, near Highway 49 and Ridge Road.
There are multiple threatened structures, although further details are not yet available. No injuries have been reported at this time.
Spot fires have been starting, as burning grass is picked up into the air column and deposited in the dry foliage downwind.
“There’s some spotting with a rapid spread rate right now,” said Michael Woodbridge, a public information officer for the Tahoe National Forest. “Because it’s grass, but then also timber.”
Woodbridge said that other responding agencies include Cal Fire, and the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. Volunteer fire departments from Pike and Camptonville are also on scene with engines. There are two water tenders, two helicopters, and three cal fire engines currently assigned to the Walker Incident.
There are also downed power lines in the area, though it is currently unclear whether they started the fire or were downed due to damage caused by it.
Luckily, Woodbridge said that this incident is relatively easy to access by roadway. There are blackberry vines and other heavy vegetation in the area, but the terrain is not too steep to safely access by foot.
“I asked if they thought we were going to need any smoke jumpers and they just said they haven’t been called in yet,” Woodbridge said. “I think they’re able to get to it.”
At the time of last update from Woodbridge, he said that two air tankers had just been released from the incident.
“I’ve been told we have a handle on the heel and the flanks of the fire, and forward progression has stopped,” Woodbridge said. “We’re kind of winning the battle, you could say.”
To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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