Buck Fire burning in Trinity Co. now 4,850 acres

Photo courtesy of Shasta-Trinity National Forest?

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - The Buck Fire, burning in the Trinity National Forest, has burned 4,850 acres and is 38 percent contained.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire was started by lightning on September 12 around 6:45 p.m.

Sunday's fire behavior was moderate with occasional single tree torching. The fire continued to back down into drainage's and consume the majority of 1/4 to 3-inch dead fuels. Large limbs above 3-inch to 9-inch logs continue to be fully consumed.

To the north, the fire has reached the Forest Service Road 28N10 from White Rock Campground to Grasshopper Flat Campground. Engines and crews are patrolling the road looking for any spot fires that may cross the road. Fire crews have begun and will continue to implement tactics to keep the fire south of the road.

On the eastern flank, crews have worked to build fireline from a 152-acre spot fire approximately 1/3 of a mile away from the main fire. Crews will use tactical firing operations to connect the two fires in the coming days. The fire is contained on the southern edge east of Hermit Rock to Black Rock Mountain.

As the south cools in areas that are not contained. Crews are mopping up small hot spots that remain. A helicopter equipped with an infrared camera continues to scan the area communicating directly with ground resources on fire activity. On the western flank, helicopters are being used to slow the rate of spread.

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