Out-of-Control Wildfire Raging in Plumas National Forest Grows to Nearly 70 Square Miles

The Walker Fire is seen along its western perimeter near Wheeler Peak in Plumas National Forest in a photo released Sept. 9, 2019, by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Walker Fire is seen along its western perimeter near Wheeler Peak in Plumas National Forest in a photo released Sept. 9, 2019, by the U.S. Forest Service.

A massive wildfire in a remote area of California’s gold country grew overnight to more than 69 square miles, officials said Monday.

The U.S. Forest Service said containment on the blaze in the Plumas National Forest was at 10%.

Erratic winds were making conditions difficult for the more than 800 firefighters battling the blaze.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for scattered rural properties in the forest, the forest service said.

To the west in Tehama County, fire crews have contained 50 percent of a blaze that has destroyed two structures and burned nearly 14 square miles. The blaze started by lighting Thursday has burned through brush and timber west of Red Bluff. It led to mandatory evacuations that remain in place.

Further south, a fire along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada southwest of Big Pine grew significantly to more than 16 square miles, and was 30% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday. The fire erupted Wednesday evening about 200 miles north of Los Angeles and the cause is under investigation. Some parts of Big Pine Canyon were under mandatory evacuation orders.

The fire trapped some campers who had to be airlifted to safety Sunday. Four cars were burned at the trailhead, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The Tenaja Fire fire that threatened homes in the Murrieta area of Southern California last week was 92% contained.

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