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Buck Fire Update October 20

Incident: Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
Released: 10/21/2017

Buck Fire Update October 20
Media Contacts:
Carol Underhill
cunderhill@fs.fed.us P: (530) 226-2494

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

Acres Burned: 12,775
Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Contained: 68%

Crews: 8

Engines: 9

Helicopters: 2

Heavy Equipment: 5

Water Tenders: 4

Total Resources Assigned: 252 personnel

Current Fire Situation: Fire activity decreased overnight as a result of falling precipitation. Firefighters continue to prep the dozer line down Penny Ridge and use aircraft to keep the main fire in check. Direct line construction and mop up will be used as conditions permit. Private land parcels continue to be threatened on the southwestern fire edge. Firefighters had some success on the east side of the fire with direct fireline construction.

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 features, such as roads, trails, or natural barriers, for firefighter safety and to have the best chance of containing the fire.

Weather and Smoke: Light showers Friday morning into the afternoon. Precipitation will diminish Friday night, followed by another round of light rain during Saturday. Drier weather will quickly begin to develop this Sunday with much warmer temperatures during early to middle next week.

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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