Walkers Fire continues to grow in Golden Trout Wilderness above Springville
SPRINGVILLE, Calif. — August 17, 2021 The Walkers Fire was discovered Sunday, August 15, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Western Divide Ranger District in Sequoia National Forest. The fire is located approximately 18 miles northeast of Springville, within the burned area of the 2015 Cabin Fire and 2011 Lion Fire. It has grown to over 500 acres in size and is zero percent contained.
The fire is spreading in all directions through drought-stricken brush, standing dead trees and a lot of dead and down vegetation. Four air tankers were utilized Monday to slow the spread. Due to the remote location, crews are being shuttled in by helicopters. No structures are immediately threatened. Planning is underway for Wilderness structures further from the fire’s edge to protect them as the fire continues to grow.
The Forest Service always prioritizes the safety of its firefighters and surrounding communities. During difficult seasons such as this one, firefighting resources are limited, requiring risk assessment of multiple fires that are competing for limited resources.
There are three interagency hotshot crews, two type 2 hand crews, three helicopters, an air attack plane, and several overhead personnel assigned to the Walkers Fire.
Wilderness trailheads located in the Sequoia National Forest near the Walkers Fire remain closed under the Castle Fire Area, Roads, and Trails Closure https://www.fs.usda.gov/
Walkers Fire information will be posted on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/