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Buck Fire Update October 16

Incident: Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
Released: 10/16/2017

Buck Fire Update October 16

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

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

Acres Burned: 11,797

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Confined: 68%

Percent Contained: 68%


Crews: 3

Engines: 5

Helicopters: 0

Heavy Equipment: 4

Water Tenders: 2

Total Resources Assigned: 94 personnel

Current Fire Situation: The current priority for firefighters is the construction of indirect fire line along the ridge west of Hermit Rock and south of Forest Service Road 28N40. On the east side of the fire, crews are constructing indirect fire line east toward Forest Service Road 35. The fire continues to burn south into the Yolla Bolla-Middle Eel wilderness towards the confinement lines.

An evacuation notice for a small amount of residents on four sections of private lands (Township 27 North - Range 11 West – Sections 10,11,12,13.) was issued on Saturday, for the west side of the fire due to an increase in fire activity. See purple highlighted areas located on enclosed map.

The top priority on all wildland fires is firefighter and public safety. Fire officials ask the public to be aware of crews traveling along the roads near the closure area and to be mindful of your speed.

Containment vs. Confinement: A fire is considered contained when an active fire is not expected to burn beyond a hardened fire-safe perimeter. This strategy was used on the north side of the Buck Fire. 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 for fire fighter safety and to have the best chance of containing the fire This strategy is being used on the south side of the Buck Fire in the Yolla-Bolla Middle-Eel Wilderness to minimize firefighting impacts within the wilderness area but at the same time provide for maximum natural resource protection.

Weather and Smoke: The predicted weather for Monday is high temperatures 70 to 75 degrees, minimum humidity 15% to 25%, winds southeast to 1 to 3 mph. Monday night, minimum temperatures 40 to 45 degrees maximum humidity 40 to 50%, winds southwest to 5 mph.

Humboldt and Trinity 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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