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Buck Fire Update October 19

Incident: Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
Released: 10/19/2017

Buck Fire Update October 19

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: 12,475

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Confined: 68%

Percent Contained: 68%

Resources

Crews: 7

Engines: 9

Helicopters: 2

Heavy Equipment: 4

Water Tenders: 2

Total Resources Assigned: 237 personnel

Current Fire Situation: Throughout the interior of the fire, unburned pockets of fuel continue to be consumed. The fire continues to grow on both the southeastern and southwestern edges. On the southwestern edge of the fire, three separate parcels of private land continue to be threatened. Firefighters continue to hold and mop up the fire perimeter as well as prep and strengthen existing firelines. Crews may use tactical firing to remove vegetation and keep the fire from crossing containment lines. With the expected weather, fire activity should diminish giving firefighters the opportunity to go more direct on the burned edge to create additional firelines.

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 when there is a fireline or natural barrier next to the burned area with no combustible vegetation between the burn and fireline. The fire is mopped up and is not expected to cross this line. This strategy was used on the north side of the Buck Fire. Confinement is the process of keeping the fire within a predetermined 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.

Weather and Smoke: Southwesterly winds will strengthen ahead of a cold front today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sustained winds 15 to 20 mph is expected out of the southwest. Light precipitation is expected in the fire area around 4:00 PM with moderate to heavy precipitation starting around 8:00 PM. Total rain expected is .33 to .70 inch.

Humboldt County 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/.

Evacuation/Forest Road/Trail/Area Closure Order: An evacuation notice for a small amount of residents on these private lands (Township 27 North - Range 11 West – Sections 10,11,12,13) was issued on October 14 due to an increase in fire activity. A revised, forest closure order is in effect and can be accessed on 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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