A 2.3-acre brush fire that broke out Friday afternoon in the Rock Candy Mountain area of Capitol Forest is under investigation.
“It’s human-caused, but it’s still undetermined,” said Nick Cronquist, a public information officer for the Department of Natural Resources.
Fire crews were dispatched to the brush fire off the KC-3000 Road at about 4 p.m. Friday. The blaze was contained by late evening, according to a Facebook post by McLane Black Lake Union Firefighters.
Early Saturday, about 35 firefighters dug a perimeter around the fire, and helped “mop up” hot spots, Cronquist said.
Mopping up is when crews use shovels and equipment to dig out stumps that are burning, scrape charcoal remains, and douse them with water so that the fire can’t flare up again, said Carrie McCausland, a DNR spokeswoman.
“We brought an excavator in to really turn the dirt,” Cronquist said.
The fire was referred to as the “KC3000 Fire” on social media by the Department of Natural Resources.