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Buck Fire

Unit Information

Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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Incident Contact

Venetia Gempler
Email: venetia.gempler@usda.gov
Phone: 208-373-4105
Hours: M-F 9-4 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

09/25/2020 9-25-2020 Buck Fire Update
Start Date: August 26Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho Cause: Lightning Acres: 19,466 Contained: 33% Personnel: 147 Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 3..
News - 09/25/2020
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9-25-2020 - The Buck Fire is 19,466 acres and 33 percent contained. The lightning caused fire was ignited Wednesday August 26, at approximately 3:30 p.m. It is located 7 miles south of Yellow Pine.


OBJECTIVES:  The primary focus of the fire managers has been to keep the fire away from homes in Johnson Creek and to prevent it from getting to Yellow Pine. Plans have been developed in the event the fire gets closer to the town. Yesterday, crews began the construction of a contingency line along the southeast edge of town and fire managers are developing a plan to use that line and Stibnite road to prevent fire from getting into the town from the south.

LOCATION:  The fire is located near Johnson Creek road in several places between Trapper and Buck Creeks. Firefighters have been using the powerline corridor as a control feature and have so far been successful in keeping the fire from directly impacting the road. The road was closed on September 17 -20 because of the increased activity with the fire being suppressed near the road.

 STRATEGY:  The current strategy for the week is to continue to suppress the fire as it comes down near Johnson Creek road and to use aircraft to slow the spread of fire to the north if it becomes active again. The northwest edge of the fire is in a place that is extremely steep and rocky, and it is too risky to directly engage the fire anywhere except close to the road.
Crews and engines remain in place to protect the private homes if the fire was to become more active. Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire and to use natural features and previously burned areas to check the fire from moving rapidly to the north until a season-ending weather event occurs.

 CLOSURES:  Closures remain in effect; however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. There is an area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression. The closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier. Visit Inciweb to view the closure and map at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7102/

WEATHER:  The forecast for the coming week in uncertain. There is a possibility of precipitation Thursday and Friday, but some forecasts show that that storm may pass to the north of the fire.

OPERATIONS: There will be new Type 3 management team taking over the management of the fire on Thursday, September 24. The team will be able to stay in place at least two weeks and will leave sooner if we get a season-ending weather event. There will likely be some level of firefighter presence in the area for the next 4 – 6 weeks.
 
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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident CommanderANDY BERTELSON NV-BMD
Incident DescriptionMinimal Backing Creeping
Coordinates44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel147
Size19,466 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained33%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Subalpine Fir - dead and down

Significant Events

Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

Outlook

Planned Actions

HAND CREWS AND ENGINES WILL BE USED TO SECURE THE FIRE EDGE THAT HAS BACKED TO JOHNSON CREEK ROAD. CONTINUE TO USE GROUND RESOURCES TO ASSESS AND PROTECT RESOURCES ALONG JOHNSON CREEK AND CONTINUE TO ASSESS AREAS WHERE CONTINGENCY LINES MAY BE UTILIZED.

Projected Incident Activity

Higher overnight humidity will keep the threat for major fire spread subdued. Any spread will

be to the west driven by rollout and backing in heavy dead and downed fuels in the Johnson creek area.

Remarks

DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO STRUCTRURE WITHIN JOHNSON CREEK AREA, CREWS WILL CONTINUE TO SECURE THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE FIRE THAT HAS BACKED TO JOHNSON CREEK RD.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

72 Hours: A forecasted warming and drying trend are expected to make fuels more receptive to active fire spread. Expected fire spread to the southwest and west in the Burnt Log Creek drainage and Johnson Creek drainage.

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