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Buck Fire Update October 14

Incident: Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
Released: 10/14/2017

Buck Fire Update October 14
Fire Update

Media Contacts: Carol Underhill cunderhill@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2494

Josef Orosz jaorosz@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2322


Acres Burned: 11,265

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Confined: 69%

Percent Contained: 69%


Crews: 3

Engines: 3

Helicopters: 0

Dozers: 2

Water Tenders: 1

Total Resources Assigned: 82 personnel

Current Fire Situation: Fire activity has increased due to wind and continued dry weather and fuels. The fire has continued to spread south into the Yolla Bolla-Middle Eel wilderness. Additional acreage was mapped at 3,670 acres for a total of 11,265 acres burned as of October 13, 2017

The current priority for firefighters is to perp the Forest Service Road 35 south of Rat Trap Gap. The fire fighters will remove flammable vegetation along both sides of the road to strengthen the capability of the road to hold the fire.

The top priority on all wildland fires is firefighter and public safety. Fire officials ask the public to be aware of crews travelling along the roads near the closure area and to be mindful of your speed. Signs are also posted along HWY 36 warning the public of emergency or fire vehicles entering and leaving the highway.

Containment vs. Confinement: Containment is more of a direct action, where crews build firelines right next to the fires edge. The vegetation is removed creating a fireline. The fire no longer has fuel to continue to burn. Confinement is the process of keeping the fire within a predetermined and safe location by creating and or improving man-made, such as roads and trails, or natural features to stop the growth of a wildland fire. The fire meets the line and given the right conditions, the line will then stop the spread of the fire.

Weather and Smoke: The predicted weather for Saturday is high temperatures 68 to 73 degrees in the valleys and 58 to 63 degrees on the ridges, minimum humidity 10% to 15%, with winds northeast 15 to 20 with gusts to 30 mph, Saturday night clear, Minimum temperatures 37 45 degrees Maximum humidity 30 to 40% valleys and 20 to 30%, winds on the ridges east 8 to 15 mph in the valleys variable 2 to 5 mph on the Ridges., smoke conditions will increase due to the windy conditions and increased fire activity over the weekend.

and Humboldt County air quality information can be found on the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District at http://www.ncuaqmd.org/. For Tehama County air quality information, visit the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District at http://www.tehcoapcd.net/.

Forest Road/Trail/Area Closure Order: A revised, forest closure order is in effect. and can be accessed at Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5614/

Other Area Fires: Other fires are burning on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest including the Helena and Fork Fires near Junction City and Weaverville. Information is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3/.

Fire Restrictions: Despite cooler temperatures, fire restrictions remain in effect on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Please check https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stnf/alerts-notices for more information.

Additional fire information: Please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5614/. A fire information number has been set up at (530) 628-0151 and is staffed daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also email your fire related questions or concerns to buckfireinfo@gmail.com.

Update submitted by Brian Ramsey, Buck Fire PIO2(T)


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