August 1, 2010 Update
Incident: Bull Wildfire
August 1, 2010
Location: Kern River Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest, California
Date of Fire Start: July 26, 2010
Cause: Human Caused, Under Investigation
Size: 16,460 acres Containment: 85 percent
Management: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4
Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management, California Highway Patrol,
Kern County Sheriff, Tulare County Sheriff
Fire Status: Yesterday firefighters focused on two areas of the fire along the east and west flanks. The focus of today's efforts will be to continue to mop up the east flank, approximately 1 and ½ miles south-west of Cannell Meadow, where active fire has remained. Firefighters on both the east and west flanks are working in extremely rugged, steep, rocky, and in some cases inaccessible terrain. Patrol of the firelines around the remainder of the fire will occur to watch for any additional hot spots.
Crews will also continue to remove equipment and supplies left along the firelines as part of the clean up effort. Due to the excellent progress moving towards containment, resources are continuing to be demobilized from the Bull Fire, and in many cases reassigned to other fires burning in California and throughout the Nation.
Resources: Total Personnel: 885
Hand Crews: 28 Engines: 22 Dozers: 1 Water Tenders: 11 Helicopters: 10
Structures Destroyed: 8 residences and 6 outbuildings
Closure UPDATE: The Mountain Highway 99 closure has been reduced. Starting today, Mountain Highway 99 is closed from Headquarters Campground, on the south, to just south of Fairview on the north. Also, the Sherman Pass Road has been re-opened to all traffic. For details on the Sequoia National Forest Bull Fire please go to: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia.
Special Note: A task force consisting of Law Enforcement Officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Kern County Fire Department, and the Kern County Sheriff's Office was formed to investigate the Bull Fire. The task force is continuously working, following up on multiple reports from local citizens. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Anyone with information pertaining to the start of the Bull Fire is encouraged to call the Kern County Fire Department Tip Line, toll free at 1-877-FIRE-TIP (1-877-347-3847).
Further information may be obtained by calling: (760) 379-8763
(8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
or on the Internet at: www.inciweb.org/incident/2043