Buckeye Fire Sending Smoke Into Reno; Containment Thursday

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Courtesy of Christy Robles

Courtesy of Christy Robles

Bridgeport, CA -- The Buckeye Fire burning near Bridgeport in Mono County is 50% contained, with full containment expected Thursday.

Smoke from that fire can be seen in the Truckee Meadows.

Tuesday, fire crews are focusing on improving and holding containment lines, and they are starting to mop up all hot spots 100 feet in. Firefighters have been faced with steep, rocky terrain, making it a difficult fire to contain.

The lightning-caused fire started north of the Buckeye Hot Springs, located five miles west of Bridgeport, on September 25, 2011 around 11 a. m. Approximately 287 personnel are working the 1140-acre fire, including ground and air crews. No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

Currently, there are road closures in the area of the fire. Buckeye Road (Forest Road 32017) has been closed to the public between its junction with US-395 on the north and CA-420 (Twin Lakes Road) on the south. The Buckeye Campground has also been evacuated. Drivers are asked to use caution if having to travel on roadways near the fire as crews and apparatus are still actively working. Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area for the safety of themselves and personnel.

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