North State on fire

Four fires ignite within a week, prompting evacuation orders

Several wildfires scorched Northern California this past week, prompting evacuation orders for some communities. No deaths have been reported, and only four structures have been damaged.

The Walker Fire in Plumas National Forest ignited on Sept. 4 and has scorched 48,321 acres. Containment is at just 20 percent.

Three other area fires had slowed. Lightning ignited the Red Bank Fire west of Red Bluff on Sept. 5, and it burned 8,838 acres at 80 percent containment. The Forbestown and Swedes fires, which started east of Oroville, both torched areas in the burn scar of 2017’s Wall Fire. The former burned less than 100 acres and is 95 percent contained; the latter is 70 percent contained and has burned nearly 500 acres.

All numbers were current as of press time Wednesday (Sept. 11).