Bagley fire: 14,000 acres, 10% Containment, 3 miles from town. (Big Bend)

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First, look at the map. the fire is 3 miles from town, not 7 miles. The rest of the information is below.

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Notice: There will be a community meeting on Sunday August 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Big Bend Community Club on 30284 Hot Springs Road in Big Bend, CA. Fire officials will be on hand to update the community on the status of the Bagley Fire.

Due to upper level winds coming out of the south – southwest, smoke from the Bagley Fire may continue to impact the areas around McCloud and Mt. Shasta City over the next several days. There is no danger to these areas from the fire itself.

The Bagley Fire continues to burn in a remote area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on both public and private land. The fire is located approximately 7 miles west of the community of Big Bend, CA. As the result of a successful burnout operation again last night, firefighters have achieved 10% containment of the fire. The fire is burning in heavy timber and brush fields on steep slopes. Due to the very steep terrain and a heavy concentration of very dry fuels, suppression efforts have been focused on the construction of indirect firelines. Firefighters are again planning to do a burn out operations from these indirect lines as opportunities arise. Firefighters will also use the cooler nighttime temperatures and higher humidity to their advantage in this operation as well. 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 are immediately threatened however the fire is placing high-value private timberlands and electrical power infrastructure at risk.

Road closures continue to be in place – All Shasta-Trinity National Forest recreation facilities within the Bagley Fire area are closed, including Deadlun and Madrone Campgrounds. 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.

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 1,073
Size 13,702 acres
Percent Contained 10%
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 active fire behavior on all Divisions. Steadily burning heavy timber and brush fuels with moderate rates of spread, isolated single tree & group torching spotting and roll-out.
Significant Events Nighttime burnout operations completed to secure northest flank of fire. USFS road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Burnout and hold. Continue indirect line scouting, construction and improvement in all divisions in preparation for burning. Check fire spread as necessary. Continue logistical support for remote fireline suppression operations and two spike camps.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Acres burned: US Forest Service = 8,302 Private lands: 5,400

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 7 mph SW
Temperature 60 degrees
Humidity 40%
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