Bagley Fire Update 8-28-12: 28770 acres 24% containment

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The wind has really picked up throughout the day.  I expect an update late today and will post it if I can get it. I would expect acres burned to be well over 5000 today. Luckily, for Big Bend anyway, the wind seems to be blowing it mostly north of us. However, if you look at the map you will see the majority of the fire is southwest of us. Keep your fingers crossed, say some prayers, due a rain dance or whatever your favorite way of asking for good luck is.

Here is a quote from Jim Mackensen, our departing Information Go To Guy.

I would like to thank the Big Bend community for all of their hospitality and understanding as we took over your town. My Incident Management Team is being replaced in the morning by another team. I will share this link with them so they can join if they wish. Things are looking real good on the south and southeast side of the fire. They are firing the south side today in hopes of buttoning up that end. We are still be challenged on the north and northeast side today with possibly strong winds. After today the weather should cooperated. Thanks again.

Thank you, Jim. And thanks to the whole crew.
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Incident Overview

image of map showing the perimeter of the Bagley Fire for August 27
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Due to upper level winds coming out of the south – southwest, smoke from the Bagley Fire may continue to impact the areas around McCloud, Mt. Shasta City, and Dunsmuir over the next several days. Currently there is no danger to these areas from the fire.

Firefighters continue to battle the Bagley Fire burning in a remote area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, approximately four miles west of the community of Big Bend, CA, and 10 miles south of McCloud, CA, on both public and private land.

The fire has grown to 28,771 acres, and is 24 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 public 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 1,354
Size 28,771 acres
Percent Contained 24%
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 Fire was active overnight below inversion in burnouts and main fire with some spotting.
Significant Events Significant SW winds predicted today. Forest road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to scout, construct, burnout and hold direct and indirect line.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Acres burned: US Forest Service = 17,717, Private Lands = 11,054.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 4 mph SW
Temperature 63 degrees
Humidity 50%
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