Bull Fire Overtakes the Cannell Plunge

The Bull Fire, which began July 26th, 2010, has overtaken a popular mountain biking trail near the town of Kernville, CA and destroyed 16,074 acres of brush and pine trees with only 12% containment.

The nearby Cannell Trail (Forest Route 22S19) begins over 20 miles away where it intersects Sherman Pass Rd (Forest Route 22S05). As it descends back to Kernville, it passes through pristine pine forests and giant grassy meadows that are now at risk of complete devastation. The final 5 miles of the trail, known to mountain bikers as the “Cannell Plunge” drops a full 5,000′ of elevation into Kernville, making it one of the steepest and most popular cross country mountain biking rides in Southern California.

The Mountain & Rivers Adventures tour company in Kernville, which offers river rafting, kayaking, climbing, hiking and mountain biking adventures, has been posting frequent updates on their Facebook page. As of Wednesday, they reported that their team is okay and that thanks to the work of fire crews, only a small portion of their campground burned.

Map of the Bull Fire Perimeter and the Cannell Trail:

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Red line: Bull Fire Perimeter as of 07/28/2010
Blue line: Cannell Trail

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