Bagley Fire Update 8-27-12: 24,400 acres 20% containment

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39 degrees here this morning, a good thing for the fire. We were told last night at the meeting that we are not threatened by the fire unless there is some drastic shift in the wind.

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Bagley Perimeter as of  0800 August 26
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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 24,413 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 1,193
Size 24,413 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 Active overnight below inversion.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to scout, construct, burnout and hold direct and indirect line.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 8 mph SW
Temperature 64 degrees
Humidity 50%
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