Wildfire: Walker Fire

From the USDA Forest Service

Walkers Fire Information: 

Sequoia National Forest – Denise AlonzoDenise.Alonzo@usda.gov

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – Mark Ruggiero Mark_Ruggiero@partner.nps.gov

Walkers Fire ignites spot fires further north into the Wilderness

SPRINGVILLE, Calif. — August 23, 2021 On Sunday evening, winds caused the Walkers Fire to spread north, igniting spot fires further into the Golden Trout Wilderness. Fire officials are focusing their efforts on protecting the historic Quinn Patrol Cabin in Sequoia National Park. Forest Service and Park Service personnel are working side-by-side to coordinate fire suppression efforts across agency boundaries.

Early this morning, infrared-equipped aircraft estimated the Walkers Fire had reached 3,547 acres in size, with 38% containment primarily along the southern perimeter. Five hand crews and four helicopters continue efforts to fully suppress the Walkers Fire. With limited firefighter resources available nationwide, the priority will continue to be public and firefighter safety.

Smoke throughout California has limited aircraft use due to visibility. Fire officials are coordinating with local packhorse operations as an alternative for transporting equipment and supplies to the crews.

The trail into the historic Quinn Patrol Cabin has been closed by Sequoia National Park to stop the public from entering the fire area. Trail closure information is available on their website. https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

Wilderness trailheads located in Sequoia National Forest near the Walkers Fire remain closed under the Castle Fire Area, Roads, and Trails Closure. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd926055.pdf

Both Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park are open to visitors. Know before you go and check for local fire conditions. Additional Walkers Fire information, pictures, fire history, and a map of the fire area can be found on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7807/

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