(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All closures relating to the Buck Lake Fire have been rescinded.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM|
|Location||19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho|
|Incident Commander||Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Tall Grass (2.5 feet)
Active, running, single-tree torching
|Projected Incident Activity|
Minimal, the area has sparse fuels above and is checked up below the Buck Lake ridge
Hot and dry