Fire In Riverside County Brings Smoke To The High Desert

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

Managing Editor

(Victor Valley) — Wednesday evening’s sunset brought to light the smoke hanging over the Valley.  There was calls to local fire authorities to inquire about any fires in the area or the nearby mountains.  The fire was actually in Riverside County.

Called the Buck Fire, the fire was located east of Temecula and south of Hemet in an area called Aguanga. As of Wednesday evening, the fire was 2681 acres and 40% contained.

CALFIRE investigators have determined it was started by lightning on Tuesday afternoon.  At one point residents in the area were ordered to evacuate, however those orders have been lifted.  There have been five injuries with this fire – three firefighters sustained minor injuries, one civilian with major injuries and one civilian with minor injuries.

Smoke started drifting into the Victor Valley early Wednesday morning. By the evening, the smoke made it difficult to tell exactly the direction it was coming from. Wind was gusting to 30 mph in the High Desert and there was no rain or thunderstorms.

The Buck Fire is expected to be fully contained by Saturday evening.

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