The Buck Fire at 6:15 p.m. as seen from Red Mountain and Stanley roads in Sage. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Fire officials ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in Aguanga as the Buck fire grows in size and intensity. Evacuation orders affect residents north of Sage Road, south of Stanley Road, east of Benton Road and west of Reed Valley Road.


At 6:05 p.m., the Incident Commander reported the Buck Fire was 1,800 acres and 5 percent contained. Two-hundred-ten firefighters, 41 engine companies and 20 air units are on scene fighting the blaze.

Two firefighters were transported with minor injuries to an area hospital. A total of four structures were destroyed and at 8:25 p.m. there was no update on the acreage.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at the Community Recreation Center in Temecula, 30875 Rancho Vista Road.

Animal Evacuation Centers are available at the following locations: Primary Small Animal Evacuation Center Ramona Animal Shelter 690 Humane Way San Jacinto (951) 654-8002; Horse Shelter at Helton Hay & Feed, Bradley Road, Menifee

At 4:20 p.m., Anza Electric issued the following notice to customers: Power will remain off in the Red Mountain Rd, Benton Rd and Stanley Rd
areas until further notice due to the vegetation fire. The fire is spreading to the Reed Valley area and it also may be affected.

Buck Fire from Pine Cove. Photo by Doug Yagaloff
Smoke seen from Appleton Drive in Idyllwild. Photo by Nancy Borchers
Buck Fire seen from Mountain Center Photo by Doris Lombard