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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Buck Fire now 95 percent contained as fire crews mop-up

BOISE, Idaho, July 11, 2016 -- This will be the final update for the Buck Fire unless there are significant changes. The fire is now 95 percent contained and Brook Chadwick's Great Basin Management Team 6 will be transferring management of the fire to a Type III incident management organization under the direction of the Lowman Ranger District on the Boise National Forest.

The fire area received 0.3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, further subduing the minimal fire activity experienced over the past few days. Firefighters are still on the fire and are finishing mop-up operations and hauling out equipment.

Road closures remain in effect at this time, yet access to Deadwood Reservoir and most of the surrounding recreation areas remains open to the public. The closure can be viewed online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.  

Both the temporary flight restriction (TFR) and the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) in place on the Bruce Meadows Airstrip are expected to be lifted by the evening of Tuesday, July 12. 

Caution is advised while travelling the County Road 579. Conditions are washboarded and fire traffic will still be in the area as mop-up is concluded.

For further information about the Buck Fire, contact the Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer, Susan Blake at 208-373-4105 or the Lowman Ranger District Office at 208-259-3361.