Bagley Fire Update 8-31-12: 37,582 acres (58.72 sq. miles) 24% containment

Not threatening Big Bend at the moment, but still out of control, heading towards McCloud.
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Today’s Update:

Firefighters worked along Forest Road 11 where they held the spread of fire along the north flank. The fire continued to back down to the creek in this area. Six spot fires were discovered across the line along the southern boundary of the fire, the largest of which was 1 acre. Firefighters attacked the spots and successfully constructed containment line around them. Crews will work through the night to extinguish heat in these areas.

Visitors are encouraged to use caution when travelling on Forest Road 11 to and from McCloud Reservoir due to heavy fire traffic, particularly early in the morning (between 5:00am and 8:00am) and during the evening (5:00pm to 8:00pm). Please avoid these peak travel times when planning your trips to the reservoir.

Cal Fire crews, under a Unified Command with California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, have completed the construction of contingency containment lines from McCloud Reservoir to Grizzly Peak to protect private lands and critical power transmission lines. Crews are constructing additional contingency lines west of McCloud Reservoir to provide additional protection to resources northwest of the fire.

A fire retardant base was established near the McCloud Incident Command Post. Helicopters are using retardant to slow the fire’s progress.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

Winds are expected to remain light tonight and shift to down canyon winds, which will disperse drift smoke south and west of the fire.

Public Safety:

Smoke is expected to hang over the fire and in the McCloud area again tonight and into tomorrow. The smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main. For smoke conditions in McCloud, visit the Forest Service real time smoke monitor site at http://tinyurl.com/92xqbzn. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued closure areas. These 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).

Community Meeting:

A community meeting is planned for Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6 PM at McCloud Elemetery School, 332 Hamilton Way, McCloud, CA. Incident Management Team members from the Unified Command will be available to provide an update on the fire and answer questions.

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 And Flores

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,655
Size 37,582 acres
Percent Contained 24%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 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 behavior included isolated torching, short range spotting, and surface fire spread.
Significant Events Forest road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Crews will continue to patrol and secure direct and indirect containment line. Crews will also continue to improve existing containment line, and prep contingency lines, which includes the construction of contingency line along Bald Mountain Ridge to the McCloud River. Additional burnout operations will be conducted if conditions are favorable.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks A public meeting will be held in McCloud at 6 PM tonight. Crews contained and mopped up the six spot fires south of Bagley Flat. Estimated final costs and size of the fire are being re-evaluated due to changes in management objectives for the fire. Total area burned includes 26,147 acres of Forest Service land and 11,433 acres of private land.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 5 mph S
Temperature 60 degrees
Humidity 40%
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