Bagley Fire Headed to town. 7300 acres, 0% Containment. 8-23-12

Another  1650 acres yesterday. That’s over 2 square miles. Get your evacuation plans ready as we are a low priority, as usual. Expect your power to go out soon, as the powerhouses along the Pit River will be shut down because of the threat of harm to employees that run them.

“There’s still not imminent structure threats or anything like that,” he said.

But if crews don’t get a better handle on the uncontained fire in the upcoming days, Mackensen said, it could mean trouble for some Pacific Gas and Electric Co. facilities along the Pit River.

“If things keep going for a few more days, it may be affecting some of the PG&E infrastructure along the Pit River, the powerhouses and stuff like that. But that’s a couple of days away,” he said.

Resources slim on growing Bagley fire

Notice: There will be a Community Meeting tomorrow August 23 at 6:00 pm at the Big Bend Community Club, 30284 Hot Springs Rd. Fire officials will be on hand to give an update on the Bagley Fire.

The fire continues to spread in all directions at a moderate rate of spread in heavy timber and brush fields on steep slopes. Suppression efforts are focusing on both direct and indirect control lines. Crews will continue indirect line scouting, construction and improvement in preparation for burnout opportunities. This tactic is implemented in order to reduce the amount of flammable material between the fires edge and control lines. At this time no structures or infrastructure are immediately threatened.

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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 Whitcome

Current Situation

Total Personnel 581
Size 7,302 acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 05th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash, and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/down material.
Fire Behavior Slow rates of spread overnight
Significant Events The Bagley and Fork fires have burned together. Numerous roads in the fire area including the Iron Canyon Reservoir Road, were closed by Forest Order. Additional resources are now arriving so night shift will be implemented tomorrow. Line preparations will continue tomorrow and burnout operations may begin tomorrow night.


Planned Actions Continue indirect line scouting, construction and improvement in all divisions in preparation for burning. Check fire spread as necessary. Prepare logistical support for fireline suppression operations and additional spike camps.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 4 mph SW
Temperature 85 degrees
Humidity 40-50%

Road closures were issued today for the following locations due to proximity to the fire area:

  • The Bagley Jeep Trail from Reynolds’s Basin to Forest Service 37N48 Road
  • Forest Service 35N07 Road at Fender’s Ferry (MA drone Campground area)
  • Forest Service 35N56 Road, 35N18 Road, 35N21 Road, and 37N48 Road; these are the areas that are known as Curl Ridge, Garden Ridge, Happy Hunting Grounds, and Shoeinhorse Mountain
  • Forest Service 38N11 Road south of Ash Campground
  • Forest Service 38N11 Road north of Forest Service 37N79 Road (known as Big Bend Road)
  • Forest Service 35N46 Road at Fender’s Ferry Road (Reynolds’s Basin Road)
  • Forest Service 37N34 Road at the Pit 5 Powerhouse
  • Forest Service 35N78 Road (known as Iron Canyon Reservoir Road)

All Shasta-Trinity National Forest recreation facilities within the closure area, including Deadlun and Madrone Campgrounds will be closed. Additionally, the PG&E operated Hawkin’s Landing Campground will also be closed.

Highway 299 East, Big Bend Road, and Forest Service 34N17 Road (commonly known as Fender’s Ferry Road) will remain open. However, motorists are advised to drive with caution.

Location: 7 miles west of Big Bend, California north of Hwy. 299

Start Date & Report Time: August 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Cause: Lightning Acres: 7,302 Percent Containment: 0%

Estimated Containment: September 5, 2012

Resources: Hand Crews: 17 Helicopters: 3 Engines: 22 Bulldozers: 6 Water Tenders: 7

Injuries: None Fireline-to-Build: 25 miles

Estimated Cost-to-Date: $1,400,000

Total personnel assigned to the incident: 581

Additional Information: Additional fire information can be obtained by calling (800) 923-7316. Also check for additional updates.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Bagley Fire Information
Phone: 800-923-7316

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