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Update: Wildfire Continues to Grow; Containment…

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.

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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