Bagley Fire Update 8-26-12: 15,000 acres, 28% Containment, 2 miles from town !!New Update!! 21,000 acres, 20% Containment


Today’s Update: Bagley Fire Update 8-27-12: 24,400 acres 20% containment <–click here for details

Yesterday afternoon we saw the fire really blow up, looked like we were going to be evacuated. If you go to This Site, and click on the Hybrid link on the top map, you will see the fire has burned around Oak Mountain. Nothing between us and the fire now but the river, and that’s not going to even slow it down. Hope they make some good progress today as we have HAD some clouds and possibly some showers in the area. There is a meeting at the Community Center tonight at 6:00 pm for updates from the front line, if we don’t get evacuated first.

Here’s some good news from Jim Mackensen, our local information officer.

Good Morning Big Bend. So here’s a little more fire information. As you obviously saw last night the fire made a big push to the north. Most of it was interior drainages that got into alinement with the winds. The lines on the south side between Bagley Flat and Wheeler ranch are holding and saw little growth. On the east side between the dam and Bagley Flat we has some spots get across the line but they have all been caught.
We will have more information for everyone tonight at the meeting at 6 pm at the community club.

Here’s a little more good news from the INCI website:

Bagley Fire Update

Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Released: 3 hrs. ago

The Bagley Fire is continuing to spread towards the northeast. There is no danger from the fire to the communities of McCloud, Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, Big Bend, or any of the communities along Hwy. 299. There are no evacuation warning in effect.


Incident Overview

image of a map showing the fire perimeter of the Bagley Fire for Aug 26
Image options: [ Enlarge ] [ Full Size ]<——This map is not up to date. Fire jumped the eastern boundry and burned around Oak Mountain, another mile closer to Big Bend.

Firefighters continue to battle the Bagley Fire burning in a remote area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, approximately seven miles west of the community of Big Bend, CA, and 17 miles south of McCloud, CA. on both public and private land.

The fire has grown to just over 20,875 acres, and is 20 percent contained. The fire is burning in an area containing heavy concentrations of dry timber, brush fields and steep slopes. Existing conditions along with overnight weather, increased fire activity within the perimeter. Today firefighters will continue with the construction of indirect fireline and firing operations when appropriate.

The construction of indirect firelines is a tactic 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, high-value private timberlands and electrical power infrastructure are at risk.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has placed an Emergency Closure Order for all land in the fire area. Please see the closure map of the affected areas.

All Shasta-Trinity National Forest recreation facilities within the closure area, including Deadlun and Madrone Campgrounds are closed. The PG&E operated Hawkin’s Landing Campground is also closed. Highway 299 East, Big Bend Road and Forest Service 34N17 Road (commonly known as Fender’s Ferry Road) remain open. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

Additional Information: Additional fire information can be obtained by calling (800) 923-7316.

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 1,192
Size 20,875 acres
Percent Contained 20%
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 Sustained runs, torching, spotting
Significant Events West side of fire made a run in the West Fork drainage from Squaw Creek drainage. Firefighters are assessing the changed situation.


Planned Actions Gather intel on the changed situation, implement contingency plan and secure flanks.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 25 mph SW
Temperature 65 degrees
Humidity 40-50%

One Response

  1. I will not complain about the cast-off weather from Hurricane Isaac…thanks for the updates.

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