Mop-Up Begins on Bull Fire Near Cascade

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The Bull Fire is burning 95 acres, 14 miles southeast of Cascade. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • The Bull Fire is burning 95 acres, 14 miles southeast of Cascade.

The 94-acre Bull Fire sparked 14 miles southeast of Cascade a few days ago, and though it's only 25 percent contained, fire crews have already started a mop-up operation. The mop-up includes clearing smoldering hot pockets of embers in the ground and breaking off still-burning branches that can be easily reached. The goals of mop-up operations are to remove burning materials to strengthen control lines, make a fire area safe and reduce residual smoke.

Four helicopters are shuttling supplies to crews on the front line, such as fresh water, food and equipment. The helicopters also stand-by to provide medial transportation because of the remote location of the firefighters. 

The Bull Fire is burning between the Bull Creek drainage and the Middle Fork of the Payette River. It's slowly burning timber in a remote area of the forest, away from any structures. The following trails remain closed though: 033, 077, 100, 102, 104 and 110. Damp and cooler weather for the weekend will help suppress the fire, but because of the dry conditions in the Boise National Forest, the public is asked to fully extinguish all campfires. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.