Buck Lake Fire

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Buck Lake Fire


Approximate Location

45.978 latitude, -115.108 longitude

Incident Overview

(This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.)

The lightning-caused Buck Lake fire was detected August 2, 2017, in the Buck Lake Creek drainage in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness at 5 to 10 acres. Showing only minimal to moderate activity, the fire is now estimated at 4,655 acres as of September 14, 2017.

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities.

All closures relating to the Buck Lake Fire have been rescinded.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident CommanderTim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC

Current Situation

Size2,390 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Significant Events

Active, running, single-tree torching


Planned Actions


Projected Incident Activity

Minimal, the area has sparse fuels above and is checked up below the Buck Lake ridge

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry

Unit Information

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Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street Kamiah Idaho 83536
Kamiah, Idaho, ID 83536

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Phone: 208-820-1965

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