Buck Fire Update: 12,000+ Acres, 68% Containment

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

Acres Burned: 12,114
Cause: Lightning
Date/Time Reported: September 12, 2017
Time Reported: 6:45 p.m.
Percent Confined: 68%
Percent Contained: 68%

Crews: 6
Engines: 9
Helicopters: 0
Heavy Equipment: 4
Water Tenders: 2
Total Resources Assigned: 186 personnel

Current Fire Situation: Yesterday the fire was burning downhill and flanking across the slope on the southwest side with isolated tree torching observed in areas where wind and slope are in alignment. The fire continues to threaten three separate parcels of private land. An evacuation notice for a small amount of residents on private lands (Township 27 North – Range 11 West – Sections 10,11,12,13) was issued on Saturday, for the west side of the fire due to an increase in fire activity. Firefighters continue to prep and strengthen existing firelines. The crews may use tactical firing to remove vegetation and keep the fire from crossing containment lines.
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 along road. 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 during Wednesday night into Thursday. Relative humidity values are forecast to rise as winds increase. Wetting rainfall will then spread across the area by Thursday afternoon and persist into Friday, with lighter showers possible through the weekend. Fire activity is expected to significantly decrease should precipitation arrive. Warmer and dryer conditions are forecast to return 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/.

Forest Road/Trail/Area Closure Order: A revised, forest closure order is in effect and can be accessed at 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.

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