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Buck Fire grows to over 1,200 acres

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 17:42:10-04

Some 230 firefighters are battling the Buck Fire, east of the Deadwood Reservoir, in the Boise National Forest. Officials say the fire has grown to some 1,235 acres.

“All resources on the forest are actively engaged in fire suppression operations with a total of seven crews, six engines, five helicopters along with air tankers dropping retardant and evaluating the fire's perimeter and containment,” said Boise National Forest spokeswoman Susan Blake. “A Type 2 incident management team is headed to the Bruce Meadows Airstrip off County Road 579 to establish an incident command post.”

Motorists are reminded to slow down when traveling along County Road 579 near Bruce Meadows, as fire crews and team members are actively engaged in operations on both sides of the road.

No lives or property are threatened.

The smoke has not impacted area roads because of the fire's remote location. Containment is unknown at this time.

“The 555 National Forest System road is open, but take great care when traveling this road to Deadwood Reservoir coming from the south,” Blake stated.

“While we had to do an area closure east of the Deadwood Reservoir, the fire is still quite a distance from recreational areas. People should continue to check media reports, our website and social media pages for the latest information on the fire,” added Deputy Forest Supervisor Sherri Schwenke.

The fire was first reported last Sunday.