Cause of Buck Fire Determined to be Lightning

The Buck Fire, which has consumed 3,000 acres south of Hemet since Tuesday afternoon, has caused five injuries and dozens of evacuations and was still listed as only 15 percent contained by Riverside County Fire Department officials Wednesday.

Named for its starting point near Buck Road and Sage Road in rugged terrain, the Buck Fire is visible for miles, including in Menifee, because of its large plume of smoke. Fire investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be lightning.

According to fire officials, one civilian with major ambulances was transported by air ambulance. One civilian and three firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Fifty fire engines, seven helicopters and 11 air tankers are working the fire. Four buildings were destroyed Tuesday and 32 families have evacuated.


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