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Buckskin Fire Remains Quiet, No New Fire Activity Expected For Now

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Aircraft such as this new generation RJ85 tanker have been laying down fire retardant on the Buckskin fire burning in Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest near the Illinois Valley.

UPDATED MONDAY JUNE 29, at 9:30 a.m. | The Buckskin Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is quiet for now, still holding at 5,345 acres.  Overall containment remains at 60%. 

The fire remains under patrol, but last week's successful burnout operation means no additional fire activity is anticipated within the next 72 hours.

Resources no longer needed in the suppression of the fire are being released for reassignment or to return home. The Helibase at the Illinois Valley Airport has closed and all helicopters will operate from Merlin.

A Fire Area Closure Order remains in place closing forest land around the wildfire area to provide for public health and safety.  Also, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued new public use restrictions in various parts of the forest, restricting smoking, use of fires and machinery.

Fire officials say the visible smoke that remains in the Illinois and Rogue Valleys is mostly being carried north from fires in central California. For more information, visit the Oregon Smoke blog.

For more information, please see the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Buckskin Fire Inciweb, or Buckskin Fire Facebook web pages.

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. He served two stints as JPR News Director and retired full-time from JPR at the end of 2021. Liam now edits and curates the news on JPR's website and digital platforms.