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1 resident seriously burned in Buck fire, officials say

August 14, 2012 | 10:33 pm

More photos: Riverside brush fire

At least one resident has been injured in the Buck fire in Riverside County, authorities said late Tuesday.

The man, who was not identified, was seriously burned and taken by helicopter to a hospital for treatment. Authorities said he lived in a trailer in a remote area and apparently had not received a notice to evacuate.

Earlier in the day, two firefighters received minor injuries while battling the fire, which has burned at least 1,800 acres and destroyed four structures, authorities reported.

PHOTOS: Riverside brush fire

[Updated at 11:03 p.m.: The latest update from Cal Fire says the burn area has grown to 3,000 acres and more than 30 homes have been evacuated. Containment remains at just 5%.]

Both firefighters were taken to a hospital for treatment. Neither their names nor the types of injuries were released.

No further updates on the acreage burned were available Tuesday night. At least nine homes have been evacuated since the fire began about 1 p.m. in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Firefighters estimated earlier Tuesday that only about 5% of the fire had been contained.


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-- Dan Weikel

Photo: A plane prepares to make a fire retardant drop on the fast-moving Buck fire. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times