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Total Damage From Buck Fire: 2,681 Acres Burned, Six Injured, Four Structures Destroyed

Cal Fire reported Friday morning that the Buck Fire, which broke out Tuesday, is now fully contained.

UPDATED AS OF 10 a.m. Aug. 17: Cal Fire is reporting 100 percent containment on the 2,681-acre Buck Fire that burned east of Temecula this week.

Firefighters remain at the scene patrolling and extinguishing hot spots and improving containment lines, the agency reported this morning.

Fire officials downsized the blaze from 3,000 acres. The change in acreage is due to more accurate mapping, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department reports.

A map of the fire has not been provided by officials.

On Wednesday evening Cal Fire also announced that mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for residents affected by the blaze. The lift meant the evacuation center at the Temecula Community Recreation Center at 30875 Rancho Vista Road was shut down.

Thirty-two residences were evacuated Tuesday as a result of the blaze burning near Temecula, and evacuation orders for residents on Stanley, Checkmate, Reed Valley, and Garrett roads remained in effect Wednesday. Road closures were also in effect in those areas Wednesday.

The Buck Fire destroyed four structures, including at least one home. The blaze broke out just before 1 p.m. Tuesday near Sage Road in Aguanga.

The injury count from the blaze now stands at six, including four firefighters who were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. They are reported in good condition, according to Cal Fire officials.

Two civilians were also injured in the blaze Tuesday, one seriously. Both were transported to a local hospital. The most serious injury required an airlift.to read more about what happened Tuesday.

Wednesday's weather waged war against the 400 firefighters on the blaze's front lines.

Temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark were likely to "cause the fire to burn more aggressively," said Cal Fire spokesman Glenn Barley said. Click here to watch a video of Barley's remarks Wednesday.

The torrid summer weather is particularly trying on firefighters, who risk dehydration and heat exhaustion as they battle the blaze.

The blaze burned in a remote, sparsely populated area marked by some steep and rocky terrain, Barley explained.

Officials now say the cause of the fire was a lightning sleeper. Click here to read about the phenomenon.

colleen August 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Do You know how it started? God be with Your Children
tigger August 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Is there a place that needs volunteers to help out because of the fire?
Brenda August 15, 2012 at 06:42 PM
YEAH!!!! thanks for all the great Breaking News alerts Patch gals and guys. Was worried through the night it might have gotten alot bigger but all these fire forces from all over held er back. At my old age of 52 I have seen many a fire, been evacuated 3 times too many and I have to say our response was awesome because this fire was manned with a few hundred an hour to hour half after it started. By 2 or before there was drops being made, by 230 there were several hundred men on the ground, tractors, fire trucks, by 330pm that amount had increased rapidly. Our rapid response teams that have been trained since the devastating San Diego fires have got it going on. This is the first fire of the year that will test their system and so far from my end of town it has looked great. Colleen I have mostly heard it started from lightening. And "Gorilla" said he was on top of a hill over there and saw it striking the dead grassy area. So put two an two together and it sounds like that is what happened. We ask God/or whoever you believe in, to protect all our firefighters, police officers, private personel, families, animals and homes, throughout this ordeal.
colleen August 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Get Down Brenda!! Again You've been such help*~*~*~*~
colleen August 15, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Gods Watching" Plz hold Yer Children
Sierra Mist August 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Did the guy that lost his dogs find them? How much can that poor guy take he lost his house and he cant find his dogs either. I sure hope they are found. I hope they are getting all the animals out. This is such a difficult fire and it would seems like it would be more difficult since it is in the country and the houses are so spread apart. It looks very scary .I also would like to know if there some way that we can volunteer to help?
Brenda August 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Tigger, read through the news articles by Patch they have named one or two agencies or things to help with, and then there have been a few readers leaving comments on where to help out. INcluding the red cross relieft station. :)
Brenda August 15, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Sierra, There are a few mentions of where to volunteer in the couple of articles from patch, and also a few commenters mention things or places, one being the red cross relief set up out there. There will be alot of help needed rounding up animals after the fire departments clear an area to help owners look for animals, dogs, cats, horses, other big animals they just had to let loose, if they did. That is the usually biggest way to help as they open up little area's at a time. Of course the Fire Depts. do not want anyone getting hurt and animals let loose do seem to know where to go for safety and how to find their ways homes. So just stay up on the articles and I am sure the Editors will include any information they have as it comes into them. Everyone is wanting to get out there and help find Those 2 lost doggies :/ with that man. I can only image the pain. One of the San Diego fires we had to evacuate, we had to get 5 hotel rooms, we booked way before they said to evacuate just felt it in my bones thank God, and we h ad 5 daughters, my mom, my husband, me, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 love birds. I thank God still for those last 5 rooms I think available in all of San Diego county. Otherwise it was the Qualcomm stadium red cross set up which was ok, but my mom could not be out in any kind of heat, and neither can love birds, we would have lost them indeed. :/
Brenda August 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Everyone please hit flag as inappropriate if we get posts that do not have to do with the subject, are advertizing a site that doesnt have anything to do with the article, or are being rude to editors or commentors, or here on a personal agenda. Thank you and hope its working to keep all the riff raff off the articles for this disaster going on in our towns right now with the fire situation.
Jen Wharton August 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
We are out in Sage and looks way better from my backyard. Thank you to all of the firefighters who worked to put out the fire!
Jen Wharton August 15, 2012 at 09:48 PM
It was lightning.
Brenda August 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
alright!!! Thanks for the update Patch and also you too Jen with a birds eye view. There isnt anything wrong with our rapid fire and rescue response system. These guys rock it seriously and it shows with this so far 3000 fire. Before we would not have sufficient help rolling in until 12 to 24 hrs AFTER the fire started.
Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather August 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
News Flash! Severe thunderstorm winds hit the Buck Fire Incident Command Post this afternoon... See http://weathercurrents.com/hemet/NewsItemDisplay.do?Id=1016 Jim Purpura Meteorologist


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