‘Final Buck Fire Update,’ Says Forest Service

This is a press release from the U.S. Forest Service:


Acres Burned: 13,417

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017

Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.

Percent Contained: 71%



Crews: 7

Engines: 2

Helicopters: 1

Heavy Equipment: 4

Water Tenders: 1

Total Resources Assigned: 226 personnel

This will be the final Buck Fire Update, unless significant changes occur. Information will be updated as needed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5614/

Current Fire Situation: Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines, as well as patrol and mop up near Stuart Gap and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Trinity River. Crews will continue with fire suppression repair around the perimeter.  Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair impacts to the land and minimize the potential for soil erosion and other issues that might arise from these activities. It usually begins before the fire is completely contained and begins with the development of a repair plan that will focus on areas that were affected by the suppression activities. It would include impacts to hand lines, dozer lines, and helispots that were used to support the crews.

Other work firefighters will complete include water bar construction on the hand and dozer lines. Water bars divert water from trails and roads to reduce soil erosion and prevent gullies from forming. Before leaving the fire, crews will also construct berms, spread brush and rocks onto the cut lines and bare ground that were used to support suppression targets. Also, crews will remove refuse, flagging, and other equipment as part of their efforts to restore the land to a more natural condition.


Forest Closure: Firefighter and public safety continues to be the top priority in managing this fire. This is also a reason for the Forest Closure Order to remain in effect for the area immediately surrounding the fire. To safely perform their operations, fire crews and heavy equipment operators need to travel the road system in the fire area, without additional obstacles and interference from the public. The current forest closure order can be accessed on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/5614/

Weather: Warm and dry conditions will continue over the next several days with no appreciable cooling expected until the weekend. Humidity will remain low today and tomorrow. Winds will remain light and primarily terrain driven.

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/.


Additional Buck 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.



  • Trillium Hummingbird

    A big old load of thanks to each and every firefighter, LEO, ambo crew, hospital staff member, and anyone at all who helped during recent combustion events! Wow, you are all awesome!

  • Burned for at least 44 days….Thanks everyone for your efforts. As Shellacking
    Whylackie John said…. Write it in the dust… the rain will settle it.

  • I think it was good to get some fire in that part of the forest, was a good amount of pine beetle death. Looking forward to following some of the new fire lines. Not much access in those parts. Thank You to callfire and the forest service for keeping things under control. Also a thanks to the guys at R-wild horse ranch for hosting the fire crews.

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