Buck Fire in Southern Trinity Explodes to 2500 Acres
While the fire currently is not near any town–Platina is the nearest at about 11 1/2 miles away—there are a few threatened structures nearby, according to the InciWeb. And, the terrain is making fighting the fire difficult.
Below is a press release from the Shasta Trinity National Forest about the Buck Fire.
Current Fire Situation: The Buck Fire is in the area of Black Rock Mountain west of Stuart Gap on the South Fork Management Unit. It is burning in heavy timber and on steep and inaccessible terrain, which have been major safety considerations for fire crews. Lack of natural and manmade barriers to stop the fire’s progression are also a challenge, and fire management officials continue to scout for opportunities where fire resources can slow and stop the fire. Single Engine Air Tankers and helicopters have assisted ground resources by dropping water and retardant to slow the growth of the fire.
Yesterday, the fire grew approximately 700 acres. The most active portions of the fire were on the southeast and western portions of the fire. Short upslope runs and occasional torching occurred as burning material rolled downhill and moved uphill. Low relative humidity and cooler temperatures limited fire activity overnight and the fire backed slowly toward the East Fork of the South Fork Trinity River.
Today, resources will continue to arrive to assist on the Buck Fire. Helicopters will be used for water bucket drops, as well as gather information for long term planning. Structure protection will continue in the Black Rock Lookout area, and crews will continue to scout and build indirect fireline. Information Officers will continue to outreach to forest visitors and hunters in the area.
Weather and Smoke: The weak system pushing over the fire yesterday has moved to the east, leaving dry and seasonable conditions behind. Temperatures today are predicted to be similar to yesterday, but winds are expected to remain light and calm. Air quality has improved considerably with the arrival of cooler temperatures, with only a light inversion settling into valleys overnight. That inversion is predicted to clear by 10am. Smoke and air quality information can be found on the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District at http://www.ncuaqmd.org/.
Forest Road/Trail/Area Closure Order: A Forest order for the area of the Buck Fire is pending and will be released as soon as it is available. We advise visitors and hunters to remain vigilant and aware of fire activity in the area, especially in the vicinity of the Low Gap, Hermit Rock and Stuart Gap areas.
Other Area Fires: Several other fires are burning on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, including the Helena/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 8:00 p.m. You may also email your fire related questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.