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Buck Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way Coeur d'Alene Idaho 83815
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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August 12, 2017- Buck Fire Update

Buck Fire Wildfire
News – 8/12/2017

Location: St. Joe Ranger District - Idaho Panhandle National Forests, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery

Yesterday: The Buck Fire, currently approximately 100 acres, is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek, south of Forest Service Road (FSR) 201. Firefighters successfully constructed and held handline along the fire’s western flank from FSR201 down to the bottom of Buck Creek. An avalanche chute in the north end of the Buck Creek drainage is still serving as a natural barrier to the fire, and the fire’s primary spread was towards the east and northeast.

Today’s Weather and Fire Behavior: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the fire area Saturday until 11:00 p.m., due to strong, gusty winds and the potential for lightning associated with a cold front passage. As a result, fire activity is expected to increase and may test firelines.

Today’s Planned Actions: Crews will continue to improve and hold handline along the fire’s western flank. Fire managers will continue to utilize a protection strategy to prevent fire spread and keep the Buck Fire south of FSR201. Efforts and resources are currently focused around the fire’s northern flank, near private property boundaries. Jason Svancara’s Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the Buck Fire beginning Monday, August 14th at 6:00 a.m.

Air Operations: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over this fire. Please check with the FAA or your local flight service station before flying near the fire. Remember, if you fly a drone around the fire, we cannot fly.

Area and Road Closures: A portion of FSR201 is currently closed adjacent to the fire area; however, expanded road, trail, and an area closure are expected to be forthcoming, to improve public and firefighter safety. Check Inciweb regularly for updated closure orders.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are currently in effect throughout the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, prohibiting use of fires, campfires or stove fires on National Forest System (NFS) lands, except within designated recreation sites. Smoking on NFS lands is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation sites, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren/cleared of all flammable materials. Please check Inciweb regularly for restriction updates.

Air Quality Alert: Current air quality in the area is listed as moderate to unhealthy, but is forecast to improve when an incoming cold front may shift wind directions. Check the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality website at for more information.