Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Buckskin Fire: Wednesday Update

The Buckskin Fire grew slightly due to the burnout operations to 5,340 acres. Overall containment is 50%. Full suppression of this fire remains the operational objective.

Crews burned out the last section of containment line working along an unnamed ridge carrying fire from the south containment line northeast to tie into the previously burned, cold fire edge and tie into Baldface Creek to secure this line. The heli-torch worked late into the evening adding depth to this containment line.

The west fire edge has not moved nor has any heat been detected for the past week. Fire managers and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest officials made the decision not to use a direct suppression tactic on this portion of the fire due to the risk and exposure to firefighters by falling snags. A contingency line (Trail 1233) will remain to the west until the fire is deemed controlled.

Today, operations along the east containment line will include patrolling and completing repair of dozer work including staging areas and firefighter safety zones. The heli-torch, if needed, will continue burning out pockets of fuels near the southwest containment line adding depth. Burning these areas will consume fuels between the containment line and the main fire. This will secure the containment of the fire into the Baldface Creek. Wildland Fire Modules on the western flank will continue to monitor the inactive west fire edge.

Hot temperatures, lower humidity, and winds will test the containment lines into the weekend. Firefighters are prepared and remain vigilant to take suppression actions as needed.

Resources no longer needed in the suppression of the fire are being released for reassignment or to return home.

Oregon Smoke at is an excellent resource for air quality information. The burnout operations might produce some level of smoke in the Illinois Valley and surrounding communities.

A Fire Area Closure Order remains in place closing forest land around the wildfire area to provide for public health and safety. For more information, please see the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Buckskin Fire Inciweb, or Buckskin Fire Facebook web pages.

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR): A TFR remains in place over the Buckskin Fire. Please check the NOTAMs for current information.

Start Date - June 11, 2015
Location - 10 miles southwest of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Cause - Lightning
Resources - Crews – 7; Dozers – 1; Engines – 1; Water Tenders – 7; Helicopters – 10
Total Personnel - 407