THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!
The Walker Fire is an extremely active wildfire that started on September 4th along the Beckwourth Genesee Road in Central Plumas County. The fire is currently threatening numerous houses and ranches in Genesee Valley, including the Heart K Ranch owned by the Feather River Land Trust (FRLT).
FRLT staff have been working closely with fire personnel to incorporate protection of the historic structures, sensitive cultural sites, and unique habitat features found on the Heart K Ranch and in the greater Genesee Valley into fire suppression planning. Following a policy and procedure we developed three years ago in consultation with fire agencies, FRLT is working directly with the incident management team to provide support, local knowledge, mapping resources, and on the ground orientation to assist with fire suppression planning efforts.
We want to send out a big thank you to our friends and neighbors who volunteer for our local fire departments and have been providing structure protection since Wednesday afternoon, and to all who are supporting one another during this scary time. Additionally, we want to thank all the firefighters from throughout the west who are arriving in the region to join the fight.
We wish everyone impacted by this fire peace and we all are praying that this fire will be contained quickly with as little loss as possible.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Plumas National Forest Facebook page: facebook.com/USFSPlumas
To sign up for Code Red emergency notifications, visit the Plumas County Sheriff's office webpage: plumascounty.us/587/Sheriff-Coroner
Stewardship Manager Nils Lunder working with firefighters at the Heart K main ranch house
Our leasee's cows in an irrigated field on the Heart K Ranch in Genesee Valley
The western edge of the Walker Fire as seen from the Heart K Ranch main ranch house
Nils Lunder and firefighters assess the situation from Ward Creek Road
A helicopter flying through the smoke in Genesee Valley
Photos 1-5 by Shelton Douthit, 6-7 by Nils Lunder.