Oh Crap: 73 Acres Burned in Boise Foothills 

click to enlarge - The Hull fire burned 73 acres of the Boise foothills. The man responsible may have to pay for the suppression. -  - KTVB
  • KTVB
  • The Hull fire burned 73 acres of the Boise foothills. The man responsible may have to pay for the suppression.
A 73-acre fire in the Boise foothills started around 1:30 p.m. on July 22 after a mountain biker stopped to poop in a ravine, then lit his toilet paper on fire to dispose of it. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the biker thought he was doing the responsible thing by getting rid of the toilet paper, but an ember from the toilet paper quickly lead to the fire growing out of control.

Fire investigators found the evidence of the cyclist's attempt to dispose of the toilet paper, but it took until this morning for the individual who caused the fire to come forward with information. The cyclist was cited and will be fined for causing the fire. He could also be held responsible for paying the suppression costs of the fire, which required four engines, two dozers and one water tender from the BLM, as well as five brush trucks, two structure engines and one water tender from the Boise Fire Department. Three helicopters, three single engine air tankers and one heavy air tanker also dropped water and fire retardant over the area.

The Hull fire burned grass and brush between Crestline, Side Winder and Lower Hulls Gulch trails. The trails helped provide fuel breaks and access to firefighters as they worked around the fire. Crews contained it by 8 p.m. July 22.

No homes were threatened and there were no reported injuries. The BLM is reminding the public to bury human waste, refrain from burning toilet paper in dry grass and on public lands, and to "pack it in, pack it out."

Even though the valley has enjoyed rain and cooler temperatures in the past few days, fuels in the area remain very dry. Grass, for example, is a "one hour fuel," meaning it takes only one hour to completely dry out after a rain storm. Fire danger is still extremely high.
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