The Bagley Complex 7 miles west of Big Bend, CA.

Fork Bagley fire is shown overlaid on a Google Earth photo with local landmarks Image options: [ Enlarge ] [ Full Size ]<—click here for location image

The Fork and the Bagley fires were ignited by lightning early August 18. Both fires are near Little Bagley Mountain, about 3 1/2 miles southwest of Iron Canyon Reservoir. There is also a small spot fire that was discovered on August 19 located approximately a mile east of the Bagley Fire. Despite limited resources full immediate suppression actions are being taken by Smokejumpers and hotshot crews, helicopters and engines.

Further mapping is being pursued, but the fires are believed to be approximately 1,000 acres total with low to moderate rate of spread. Since the fires are in close proximity they will be managed as a single incident now known as the “Bagley Complex”. A Type 3 organization led by Incident Commander Ernst Little is currently in command of this incident. A type 2 Incident Management Team (Whitcome) has been ordered and will assume command on August 21.

The fires do not pose any immediate threat to people or homes. Firefighters will continue to work towards complete full suppression with all available resources as quickly as possible.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 7 miles west of Big Bend CA
Incident Commander Ernst Little

Current Situation

Total Personnel 244
Size 1,000 acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday August 25th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead and down material.
Fire Behavior Overnight there was a wind shift that pushed the Fork Fire to the south west. Active fire behavior observed this morning with torching and moderate rate of spread. Due to terrain and weather conditions, both the Fork and Bagley fires are expected to grow throughout the day.
Significant Events An IR flight during the evening of August 19 increased the mapping capabilities for the Complex fires, which accounts in part for the increase in acreage being reported. Some indirect line was completed on the north west most area of the fire.


Planned Actions Continue to scout fire line locations and construct line on any identified line locations in all divisions. Also continue to prepare logistical support for fire line operations.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks The fire is burning on private timber lands and National Forest System lands with limited access making suppression efforts difficult. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (Whitcome) has been ordered and will take over operations on August 21.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 4-9 mph SW
Temperature 95-100 degrees
Humidity 9-14%

Unit Information

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Shasta – Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 530 710 8627

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