- The Walker Fire
After the areas burned by the Walker Fire southwest of Idaho City received a quarter-inch of rain Saturday night and Sunday morning, fire crews are refocusing their efforts to patrol the margins of the blaze, secure containment lines and rehabilitate the fire line as part of mop-up efforts.
More rain, high humidity and lower temperatures are expected through the beginning of next week.
Meanwhile, a community meeting to discuss the fire's effects and U.S. Forest Service fire mitigation strategies has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, at the Idaho City Community Center, located at 100 Main St. in Idaho City.
The Walker Fire, 71 percent contained as of Oct. 17, is now 91 percent contained at 5,963 acres, down from 5,978 acres on Saturday. Resources assigned to the fire include 573 people, including 18 fire crews, working the fire with six helicopters, 13 engines and a bulldozer. The fire's cause is still under investigation, though according to InciWeb, it has been determined to be human-caused.