Bull Fire Closure Area reduced
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
August 11, 2010
The Bridger-Teton National Forest has reduced the Temporary Emergency Fire Closure for the Bull Fire. The closure order, which has been in effect since July 24, will be revised to include the area north and northeast of the Cow Creek Trail, east of the main creampuff ridgeline, south of the Rough Hollow drainage, and west of the wilderness boundary. The Bull Creek Trail is closed. The Cow Creek Trail, Bull Creek Road, and Little Granite Road will be open. The Hoback shield and Granite Creek Road remain open.
As fuels dry out and the fire behavior increases in intensity, it may become necessary to expand the closure area in the future. The purpose of the closure is to provide for public and firefighter safety during the incident.
The fire, now at 1,787 acres, received significant rain over the past week and fire activity has diminished. A wildland fire crew will be monitoring the fire for any changes in behavior.
The Bull Fire was located and sized up at 3 acres on the afternoon of July 23 after an aerial fire detection flight. The lightning-ignited fire is located east of Hoback Junction inside the Gros Ventre Wilderness in the Bull Creek drainage. Because the fire is of benefit to the landscape and wildlife, resource managers are monitoring the fire and will continue to manage the fire according to land use plans.
Primary objectives are to provide for public and fire personnel safety and to minimize threats to private property, facilities or other developments. Allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem as a process of ecological change and manage the fire in a cost effective manner. Crews continue monitoring the fires activity to ensure we are meeting both protection considerations and resource objectives.
For more information on this and other area fires, please visit www.tetonfires.com or www.inciweb.org.