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Buck Fire (CA)

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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Buck Fire Update October 15

Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
News – 10/15/2017

Buck Fire Update October 15

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

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

Status

Acres Burned: 11,930

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Confined: 68%

Percent Contained: 68%

Resources

Crews: 3

Engines: 3

Helicopters: 0

Dozers: 2

Water Tenders: 1

Total Resources Assigned: 83 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. The fire burned an additional 665 acres over the past 24 hours and a total of 11,930 acres to date.

An evacuation notice for a small amount of residents on private lands was issued yesterday for the west side of the fire due to an increase in fire activity. The current priority for firefighters is to hold Forest Service Road 27N17 to prevent the fire from reaching the private land, west of Hermit Rock. On the east side crews are constructing direct fire line west of Yolla Bolla Lake in an effort to connect with the trail system in the effort to hold the hold within established trails.

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.

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 Sunday is high temperatures 74 to 80 degrees, minimum humidity 8% to 18%, and light southeast winds shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. 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/.

Evacuation/Forest Road/Trail/Area Closure Order: An evacuation order has been placed into effect for several private parcels of land along the southwestern edge of the fire. A revised forest closure order is in effect and can be accessed at 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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