BOISE, Idaho – The Bull Fire, which began 14 miles southeast of Cascade, is at 94 acres. The larger size is not due to fire’s growth, but instead to yesterday’s more accurate mapping. Containment remains at 25%.
Three helicopters are very active at the Cascade Airport, shuttling supplies to the front-line crews and retrieving items that have been expended or need refilling.
The 115 firefighters today will continue the mop-up operations begun late yesterday. 80% of the line dug around the fire has been mopped-up 25 feet into the still-burning fire, and today’s objective is to expand that operation up to 100 feet inside the fire line. Steep slopes, snags (burnt trees in danger of imminent collapse) and the potential for rockslides are slowing the operation.
Safety of the firefighters and the public always is of paramount concern. Yesterday’s serious injury to a firefighter at the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area has reinforced our daily emphasis on situational awareness, as accidents may happen despite all the firefighters’ precautions and safeguards.
The fire, in an area between the Bull Creek drainage and Middle Fork Payette River, is burning slowly in timber in a remote area of the forest. There are no structural threats, but the public is asked to avoid the area.
A Closure Order remains in effect and is posted on the following trails: 033, 077, 100, 102, 104, and 110. Due to the drying-out of the Boise National Forest over the last few weeks, the public is advised to fully extinguish all campfires.
Today’s weather will include warmer weather, increased southwestern ridgeline winds and possible thunderstorms with little precipitation expected.
The fire cause is under investigation. Further information is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4118 or the Cascade Ranger District at 382-7400.