Saturday, June 13, 2015

Buckskin Fire Grows to 1,200 Acres

High temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds have driven the Buckskin Fire near Cave Junction to 1,200 acres. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect.

Firefighters are working to suppress the blaze that is actively burning and clearly visible from the town of Cave Junction. The fire behavior exhibited moderate runs to the southwest and into the old burn scar of the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

The terrain is extremely steep and crowded with leftover snags (standing dead trees) from the Biscuit Fire, making it extremely hazardous for fire personnel. Incident personnel are currently analyzing options for conducting indirect fire suppression.

There are 145 personnel assigned to the incident and a Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command on June 13 at 6:00 a.m. The incident commander will be Doug Johnson. Five interagency hotshot crews, two Type 2 hand crews, and four aircraft are currently assigned to the incident.