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Buckskin Fire Update--Sunday June 28, 2015

Incident: Buckskin Fire Wildfire
Released: 6/28/2015

BUCKSKIN FIRE UPDATE - Saturday June 28, 2015
Cave Junction, Oregon
Fire Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Incident Commander: Monty Edwards
Information Center: 541-864-9282/503-784-5656
Email: Buckskinfire2015@gmail.com

A Type 3 Team, led by Incident Commander Monte Edwards has assumed control of the Buckskin fire at 0600, Saturday morning. The Incident Command Post(ICP) has moved from Lake Selmac to the Wild Rivers Ranger District in Cave Junction.

The Buckskin is estimated at 5,345 acres. Overall containment remains at 60%. Full suppression of this fire remains the operational objective. Today the fire area will be under patrol from the air and a crew will be available for any renewed fire activity or new starts. Two Excavators continue working to complete rehabilitating firelines, safety areas, trails and turnouts.

Thunderstorms could produce lightning and erratic winds creating very active fire behavior. Firefighters are prepared and will remain ready to take additional suppression actions if needed on the Buckskin fire.

The Helibase at the Illinois Valley Airport has closed and all helicopters will operate from Merlin. The Heliwell will remain at the airport for use. All water used in bucket drops from helicopters for any additional suppression efforts will come from the Heliwell to protect critical Coho habitat in Baldface Creek.

A fire Area Closure Order remains in place closing forest land around the wildfire area to provide for public health and safety. For more information, please see the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest or Buckskin Fire Inciweb.

Start Date: June 11, 2015 Cause: Lightning

Location: 10 miles southwest of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Resources: Crews= 2; Engines= 1; Water Tenders= 2; Helicopters= 3.

Unit Information

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

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