Buck Fire Expected to be Fully Contained Saturday

A fire, sparked by lightning, in a rural area near Temecula, is expected to be fully contained by Saturday

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 AM PDT
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A DC-10 makes a drop retardant on the Buck wildfire over rugged terrain near Sage, Calif., south of Hemet Tuesday Aug. 14, 2012. Residents in sparsely populated parts of Riverside and San Diego counties were told to evacuate their homes Tuesday as several wildfires burned in Southern California's desert heat. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)

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Expensive Weapon Deployed to Put Down Buck Fire

It s an expensive option, but bringing in the DC-10 jet was critical for containing the Buck Fire, which began Tuesday as a result of a lightning strike in Riverside County. It costs approximately $19,000 dollars an hour to fly the huge airplane. Craig Fiegener reports from Hemet for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on August 15, 2012.

Buck Fire Wednesday Morning Update

After battling the 3,000-acre Buck fire overnight, crews made progress. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Aug. 15, 2012. Roger Paige snapped this photo around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 14. It shows the Buck Fire as seen from Thomas Road. Click here for more photos from Roger Paige
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Fire officials expect to have the so-called Buck Fire that has charred some 2,700 acres near Temecula fully contained by Saturday, officials said on Friday.

The fire broke out on Tuesday just before 1 p.m. at Sage Road, between Lewis Valley and Buck roads in Aguanga.

The fire, sparked by lightning, injured six people, including three firefighters, and destroyed four structures, including one home. The fire also prompted evacuations and road closures.

More than 1,000 firefighters from several agencies were working to put out the blaze.

A storm packing 60-mile-per-hour winds, rain and hail moved through the area around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Residents whose properties had been threatened by the flames began returning to their homes Wednesday evening after authorities lifted evacuation orders.

At one point, officials said about 140 residences were in the path of the flames.

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