Bagley Fire Update 9-2-12: 43,481 (68 sq. miles) 45% containment

Bagley Fire Update 8 AM September 2, 2012

Incident: Bagley Wildfire

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Fire Update – September 2, 2012 8:00 AM

Bagley Fire Update

Bagley Fire Information

Phone Number: (800) 923-7316

InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3188/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BagleyFireInfo

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagleyFireinfo/

Fire Facts:

Date started: August 18, 2012 at 10 am

Number of Personnel: 2,045

Location: Fire started 7 miles west of Big Bend, CA

Hand Crews: 63

Size: 43,481 acres (68 square miles)

Engines: 102

Percent Contained: 45%

Dozers: 27

Estimated Containment Date: September 15, 2012

Water Tenders: 32

Cause: Lightning

Helicopters: 9

Cost to Date: $16,100,000

Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow

Structures Threatened: 29 Structures and regional power transmission lines

Injuries to Date: 3

Today’s Update:

Containment has been achieved on the east and south flanks. Firefighters worked through the night, and were successful holding the fire within the containment line. Burnout operations were conducted on the northeast flank in Hawkins Creek and from North Fork Mountain north to Claiborne Creek to remove unburned fuel between the main part of the fire and the containment line.

Firefighters will focus suppression efforts along the north and west flanks today, with patrols monitoring activity along the east and south flanks. The priorities are to hold the fire south of Hawkins Creek and east of the McCloud River watershed where feasible. Crews will continue mop-up along the southern flank where some areas of heat remain within the fire perimeter. The construction of contingency line on the fire’s northwest flank along Bald Mountain continues. Additional burnouts will be conducted if conditions are favorable.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

The fire is expected to back downslope in steep terrain along the northern flank. The fire may become more active where winds and uphill slopes align. Smoky conditions are expected around the fire area this morning due to an inversion. Light winds forecasted for the afternoon will once again push smoke northeast of the fire area. Warmer, drier conditions are expected over the next several days.

Public Safety:

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns. 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/.

Visitors traveling to McCloud Reservoir along the Forest 11 Road are encouraged to use caution around the Incident Command Post due to heavy firefighting traffic.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued emergency closure areas. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above).

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