Buckskin Fire

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Buckskin Fire

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INCIDENT UPDATED 7/1/2015

Approximate Location

42.103 latitude, -123.873 longitude

Incident Overview

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Current fire situation: A Type 3 Team, with Incident Commander Monty Edwards assumed control of the Buckskin Fire Saturday. The Incident Command Post (ICP) has moved from Lake Selmac to the Wild Rivers Ranger District in Cave Junction.

The fire is estimated at 5,345 acreas. Overall containment remains at 60% Today the fire has been under patrol from the air and a crew will be available for any renewed fire activity or new starts. The Helibase at the Illinois Valley Airport has closed and all helicopters will operate from Merlin.

The primary fire objective is to provide for firefighter and public safety. This is a Full Suppression Fire.

Area Closures: The Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest has prohibited non-official fire related travel and activities in certain areas of the forest due to safety concerns. Click the “Closures” tab above to find specifics.




Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginThursday June 11th, 2015 approx. 12:15 AM
Location10 miles SW of Cave Junction, OR
Incident CommanderMonty Edwards

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size5,345 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 30th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Liter.

Brush (2 feet).

Timber is present on eastern and southern flanks in bowls and stringers. Primarily short needle conifer with litter/understory. Brush profile includes continuous brush as well as areas of very sparse, low load brush.

Significant Events

Minimal Creeping, smoldering

Fire behavior in interior pockets of lightly or unburned fuel consisted of few short wind/slope aided runs. IR is confirming that fire is mostly holding well to the interior, however, heat continues to appear close to the lines.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire resources will continue with mop up and holding of burned out control lines.

Fire Line Resources: Repair safety zones, trails, and turnouts. Cave Junction Staging.

Resources will stage for initial attack, and be deployed to monitor the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Haines Index 5 this night may indicate a changing trend to potentially increase fire activity which would test the effectiveness of the recent suppression activities.

24hours: Haines 4, temps of 90-100, RHs 25-30% and an increase in winds out of the northeast on ridge tops 12-18 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph overnight will test the effectiveness of recent suppression activity. The winds will subside by sunrise and remain light 2-5 mph out of the west.

48 hours: Continuing hot, dry, and unstable weather is expected. The fire will be tested and the expectation is that no significant fire activity will push the lines.

72 hours: Continuing hot dry and unstable weather may increase interior burning and smoke may be visible and possibly cause public concern. Expectation is that all active burning will be sufficiently interior to not cause concern for escape.

Anticipated after 72 hours: After more periods of hot dry weather the remaining interior fuels will be further reduced and minimize opportunities for future runs or spotting threatening containment lines/barriers.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

OFFSHORE FLOW TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING WILL BE ABOUT 10 MPH STRONGER THAT WAS OBSERVED LAST NIGHT INTO THIS TUESDAY MORNING. THIS WILL RESULT IN DIMINISHED RELATIVE HUMIDITY RECOVERIES ON MID AND UPPER SLOPES AND RIDGES.

TONIGHT....

SKYWEATHER....MOSTLY CLEAR.

MIN TEMPERATURE....64 VALLEYS TO 74 RIDGE TOPS.

MAX HUMIDITY .....40-60 PERCENT.

HAINES INDEX....5

WIND (20FT)....NORTHEAST 12-

18 MPH WITH GUSTS 20-30 MPH

WEDNESDAY...

SKYWEATHER....SUNNY

MAX TEMPERATURE....99F VALLEY

TO 89F RIDGE TOP.

MIN HUMIDITY....15 PERCENT VALLEY TO 25 PERCENT RIDGE TOP.

EYE LEVEL WINDS....WEST 2-5 MPH

LAL...1.

HAINES INDEX.....4

Unit Information

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
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