Buck Fire Update October 21
Incident: Buck Fire (CA) Wildfire
Acres Burned: 13,348 Cause: Lightning
Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017
Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.
Percent Contained: 68%
Heavy Equipment: 5
Water Tenders: 5
Total Resources Assigned: 278 personnel
Current Fire Situation: Firefighters continue to improve the dozer line down Penny Ridge on the southwest side of the fire. Firefighters had some success on the east side of the fire with direct fireline construction near Stuart Gap. Direct line construction and mop up will be used on other parts of the fire as conditions permit. Mop up is a technique where crews will grid an area and extinguish any hotspots found.
Public safety is a top priority on all wildland fires. Fire officials ask the public to be aware of crews travelling along the roads near the closure area. Please drive at a safe speed to account for the additional traffic in the area.
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 the 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: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain this afternoon and evening. A significantly drier and warmer weather pattern appears probable throughout the early to middle portions of next week. Northeast winds will be possible Monday and Tuesday.
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: The evacuation notice for private lands (Township 27 North - Range 11 West – Sections 10,11,12,13) issued on October 14 was rescinded on October 20 at 4:50 PM. A revised forest closure order is still 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 email@example.com.
Update submitted by Brian Ramsey, Buck Fire PIO2(T)
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