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Walker Fire fully contained after charring more than 54,000 acres

by Jake Hutchison, Chico Enterprise-Record |

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that the Walker Fire in northeastern California, which burned 54,612 acres, has finally reached 100 percent containment.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the area to check for visible smoke, said a press release from the forest service.

Cooler weather should help in the process of mopping up potential risks, the release said.

“The warming trend continues today with temperatures in the lower 80s and relative humidity in the mid-20 percent range,” the release said. “Precipitation is expected to move in late Friday through Sunday with temperatures in the 50s and relative humidity near 40 percent during the day.”

The release said there will be a possibility of snow Sunday as well.

Crews remain assigned to the fire to repair land damaged by bulldozer and hand-made lines.

A forest closure order remains for portions of Mt. Hough and the Beckwourth Ranger Districts that were affected by the fire.