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Restrictions set due to Buckskin Fire

06/14/15 -- The Buckskin Fire continued to grow overnight east and northeast in Baldface Creek drainage due to terrain and 40 mph winds in combination with poor humidity recovery. The fire is now an estimated 1,200 acres. The wildfire is burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 10 miles southwest of Cave Junction, Oregon in an area previously burned by the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

Buckskin Fire as of June 12, 2015
Roads and trails near the Buckskin Fire in Oregon have been closed.

The situation has caused the USDA and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest officials to order road and trail closures as follows:

a. Area beginning east of the North Fork Smith River at the junction of the North Fork Smith River, where the Gold Beach Ranger District - RRS, Oregon, Wild Rivers Ranger District - RRS, Oregon, and the Gasquet Ranger District - Six Rivers National Forest, California meet (Township (T)40S, Range (R)l l W, Section (S)14, Willamette Meridian).

b. Heading east along Oregon side of the California and Oregon border to continuation of County Road 315 in Oregon (T41S, R lOW, S13, Willamette Meridian).
c. Then heading northeast along west side of County Road 315 to Forest Service Road (FSR) 4402.
d. Then heading east and north along the northern and western edge of FSR 4402 to its intersection with Section line boundary of T41S, R9W, S8 and T41S, R9W, S9.
e. Then heading north to corner intersection of Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9, T41S, R9W.
f. Then heading due east along Section line boundary of T41S, R9W, S4 and S9 to their junction with FSR 4402.
g. Then northeast along western edge of FSR 4402 to its intersection with Section line boundary of T41S, R9W, S4 and S3.
h. Then north along Section boundaries line to the corner intersection of Sections 21, 22, 27 and 28, T39N, R9W.
I. Then west along Section boundaries line to corner intersection of Sections 19, 20, 29 and 30, T39S, R l0W.
J. Then south along Section boundaries line to their intersection with Chrome Creek in T40S, R l0W, S7.
k. Then southwesterly following western edge of Chrome Creek to its junction with the North Fork Smith River (Chrome Creek is closed).
I. Then southeasterly following North Fork Smith River along its easterly edge (North Fork Smith River is not closed) to the beginning (see letter "a" above).
The roads along th boundaries were to remain open.

Pursuant to Title 36 CFR Part 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

1. Persons with a permit authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in Title 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

The order was issued at Medford, Oregon today at around 5:40 p.m. and was effective immediately. The order was signed by Craig Trulock, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the RR-S NF Service.

Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both. (16 U.S.C. 551 and 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).

Fire personnel spent yesterday scouting the fire’s perimeter and developing a strategy for full fire suppression, while monitoring fire growth.

Today, firefighters plan to begin construction of an indirect fireline along Trail 1210.2 on the northeast flank in preparation for a potential firing operation. Dozers will continue work along Forest Road 112 on the fire’s east flank improving access to the fire. Forest Road 450 is also being re-opened on the southern perimeter for better fire access and to facilitate a potential firing operation. Six spot fires to the south/southwest of the main body of the fire, with the largest at about 30 acres, will be worked on by crews with support from heavy lift helicopter water drops. Each bucket of water is estimated at 2,000 gallons. Firefighters will further assess opportunities for indirect containment lines on the west side of the fire.

A red flag warning remains in effect for the fire area through this afternoon due to continued low relative humidity and high winds. These conditions may contribute to rapid fire growth. Winds are expected to shift to more northerly and weaken later today allowing relative humidity to increase. This may help to moderate fire behavior over several days as fine fuels become more moist.

Natural resources at risk from the Buckskin Fire include: critical Coho Salmon habitat, Northern Spotted Owl habitat, Marbled Murrelet habitat and wilderness values.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): TFRs are in place over the Buckskin Fire. Please check the NOTAMs for current information.

The Incident Command Post is located at Lake Selmac County Campground and is closed to non-fire activity. Heli-base is now located at the Illinois Valley airport.

The public is urged to drive cautiously on Highway 199 and nearby areas due to the increase of fire traffic. Forest visitors are encouraged to use caution when using public lands due to the current fire danger

Start Date - June 11, 2015

Cause - Lightning

Resources - Crews – 6 Dozers - 2 Water Tenders - 1 Helicopters – 8 Total Personnel - 203


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