Bagley Fire Update 8-29-12: 31,320 acres, 24% containment

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Thankfully, I missed my prediction of 5000 acres burned yesterday, but it did burn half that amount, 2550 more acres. There is a lot of news below about the future management of this fire.

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Incident Overview

image of a map showing the fire perimeter for the Bagley Fire August 28
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bagley Fire Update – August 29, 2012, 8 a.m.

(Editor’s Note: Bagley Fire Information Phone Number: (800) 923-7316; Temporary number during move (leave message): 530-710-8627; InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3188/; Twitter: https://twitter.com/info ciimt1)

Big Bend, CA – The Bagley Fire is now being managed under Unified Command with CalFire . Federal and State resources are being managed under a single, coordinated incident command structure to protect both National Forest and private lands. Today the Incident Command Post will be relocated from Big Bend to McCloud to better serve firefighters as fire activity moves north. Crews remaining on the fire’s south flank will continue to be supported at Big Bend.

Last night, crews made continued progress to strengthen containment lines on the fire’s east flank from Dutchman Peak south to Iron Canyon Reservoir. Fire lines are holding from Iron Canyon Reservoir south to Bagley Flats. Today crews continue to improve containment lines along the fire’s southern and western flank from Bagley Flats toward North Fork Mountain. On the fire’s north flank, primary containment lines are being improved from the McCloud River east to the Dutchman Peak area along Forest Road 11. Several contingency lines are also being prepared and improved.

CalFire has initiated construction of contingency containment lines on the fire’s north flank to protect private lands and the critical power transmission lines. Lines are in place and being improved between Grizzly Peak and McCloud Reservoir. Additional containment lines are being planned west of McCloud Reservoir.

The incident management team is working closely with cooperators including PG&E, Western Area Power Authority (WAPA), the timber industry, Nature Conservancy and other private interests with lands and infrastructure that could be impacted by the fire.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

The fire remains active, conditions are still critical and capable of producing extreme fire behavior where winds align with canyons. The fire will continue to move northeast towards containment lines along Forest Road 11. Smoke is expected to hang over the fire area for the early part of the day. As smoke lifts later in the day fire activity will increase and unburned islands of vegetation are expected to burn and produce large columns of smoke, as has occurred over the past several days.

Public Safety

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main.

For tips on how to prepare for a potential evacuation and what to do if you are evacuated, residents in and near evacuation areas are encouraged to visit the “Ready, Set, Go” website at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3052/15480/.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued closure areas due to the fire’s growth. The closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public to enter. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above).

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Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 4 miles west of Big Bend CA
Incident Commander Mcgowan

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,354
Size 31,321 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 Active fire behavior with runs in heavy timber and brush fuels and moderate rates of spread, torching, spotting and roll-out.
Significant Events Forest road closures remain in effect. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (McGowan) has assumed command of the Bagley Fire and working in Unified Command with CalFire.

Outlook

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

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 4 mph SW
Temperature 63 degrees
Humidity 55%
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