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The Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest in northern California, grew by nearly 6,000 acres Sunday (Sept. 8) as “erratic” winds continued to fuel growth, the U.S. Forest Service said, accoridng to The Sacramento Bee

Road closures and mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for a number of nearby communities as the wildfire, which broke out about 11 miles east of Taylorsville, is now mapped at 43,931 acres with 7% containment, the Forest Service said in an update just before 7 a.m. Monday.

Fast growth continues on the blaze as the Forest Service observes “critical fire weather,” which led the fire to explode from 2,000 acres Friday morning to 17,000 acres that evening. A total of 825 fire personnel remain assigned to the wildfire. Better mapping increased the size of the wildfire to 43,931 acres, up from a previous estimate of just over 38,000 acres.

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