Best Fire Tinder

Mountain biker burns toilet paper in the foothills

Staff Pick

Fire managers could barely hold a straight face when talking about the start of the 73-acre Hulls Gulch fire that burned in late July. After an anonymous mountain biker hiked down a ravine to poop, he set to work disposing his toilet paper. Unfortunately, he chose to burn it and started the fire that quickly grew out of control. It took four BLM engines, two dozers, two water tenders, five brush trucks, two structure engines, three helicopters, three single-engine air tankers and one heavy air tanker to extinguish the fire. This as an opportunity to remind people while it's important to leave no trace, the best plan is to "pack in, pack out."

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