Buck Creek fire human caused

HOBACK – Even as crews worked to contain the large Roosevelt Fire, resources had to be diverted to quickly extinguish The Buck Creek Fire was which was discovered on the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 26.

The fire was human caused, 2018 was determined to be human caused.

The forest service sent its initial attack resources to fully suppress the fire, which was located south of Hoback Junction near Beaver Mountain and the Bryan Flats area.

Two helitack crewmembers, with assistance from Type 3 helicopter water drops, successfully held the fire to the original 0.10 acres. Firefighters remained on the fire Wednesday night and all day Thursday before hiking out Friday afternoon. No structures were threatened.

The forest service is requesting the public help comply with the fire restrictions in place on the Forest and to make sure all fires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch.

Warming fires and campfires, apart from those in Wilderness Areas and a few designated campgrounds, are prohibited under the Stage 1 fire restrictions that are in effect on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Vegetation is very dry and susceptible to burning.

“The forest service has caught 10 of the last 12 wildfires before they took off,” Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek said.

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