Buck Butte Fire

The Buck Butte Fire is estimated at about 100 acres 20 miles north of Burns.

Firefighters are actively suppressing the 100-acre Buck Butte Fire 20 miles north of Burns.

The Buck Butte Fire was discovered as a lightning start July 30, according to a press release. The Malheur National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the Buck Butte Fire on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest.

The fire in the Buck Butte area is burning in timber, grass and heavy downed fuels.

Throughout the day on July 30, air support was utilized heavily, including one Type 3 and one Type 2 helicopter, five single-engine air tankers, a lead plane, Air Attack and two heavy air tankers. Ground crews, including five engines, two hand crews and the Crane Rangeland Fire Protection Association water tenders worked on suppressing and securing containment lines until approximately midnight. Friday, the eastern perimeter will be the priority, with more resources en route.

The fire management team would like the public to be aware of the potential for smoke impacts to the Buck Butte area.

To ensure public and firefighter safety, roads, trails and other areas may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smokey conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that would require additional temporary closures.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

To report wildfires, call 911, 541-573-1000 or 541-575-1321.

For further information, contact the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000.

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