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Sierra blazes fully contained

September 29, 2011

Fire officials in Bridgeport have a handle on the Buckeye Fire and reported Wednesday that it is 100 percent contained.
Though firefighters have the blaze under control, officials are advising residents that smoke may still be visible as mop-up efforts continue.
Located north of the Buckeye Hot Springs, five miles west of Bridgeport firefighters were able to stop the blaze at 1,140 acres.
The lightning caused fire started on Sunday around 11 a.m. Approximately 211 personnel were working the fire, including ground and air crews.
“For the next few days firefighters will focus on rehabbing the area and mopping up hot spots,” U.S. Forest Service Incident Contact Mark Regan said. “The management team advises that you could see smoke off the fire for the next few days. The crews moped up 300 feet all around the fire and the smoke you could see is in the center of the fire.”
While battling the blaze, firefighters were faced with steep and rocky terrain making it a difficult fire to contain.
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 U.S. 395 on the north and State Route 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,” Regan said. “Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area for the safety of themselves and personnel.”
According to Inyo National Forest Public Information Officer Nancy Upham, the Baker Fire west of Big Pine has also been contained, at 7.5 acres, and fire crews have been released from that blaze.
“It’s a done story,” Upham said. “The fire is contained and un-staffed.”
The Baker Fire also broke out Sunday afternoon as a result of a lightning strike.

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