Bagley Fire Update 9-3-12: 43,940 acres 45% containment

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held at the Big Bend Commuity Center, 30284 Hot Springs Road, at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 4. Unified Command consisting of California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 and Cal Fire will provide the public with an overview of all aspects of the fire and answer questions.

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Incident Overview

Today's fire perimeter map for the Bagley FireImage options: [ Enlarge ] [ Full Size ]

Today’s Update:

Crews were successful holding the fire within the containment line across the fire. Infra-red shows several areas of active fire along the western flank backing down towards McCloud River and on the eastern flank above Iron Reservoir. Burnout operations south of Claiborne Creek were successful. There is still work to be done north of Claiborne Creek.

Firefighters will continue patrolling around the entire perimeter today. They will increase the depth of fire line in their efforts to mop up. Burnout operations will continue near Beetle Butte as conditions permit.

Fire Behavior:

Moderated fire behavior is expected again today until the inversion lifts, early afternoon. Lower humidity and slightly higher temperatures are predicted in the fire area. Firefighters will look for any spot fires that could become active near or outside the containment line.

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 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).

Community Meeting:

A community meeting will be held at the Big Bend Commuity Center, 30284 Hot Springs Road, at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 4. Unified Command consisting of California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 and Cal Fire will provide the public with an overview of all aspects of 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 1,920
Size 43,940 acres
Percent Contained 45%
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 Hot material is rolling downhill causing short uphill runs towards the main fire. Single tree and small group tree torching was observed with short range spotting.
Significant Events Forest Service road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to patrol and secure direct and indirect fireline. Prep contingency lines and improve existing lines. Crews will also remove snags along the McCloud River along the west flank. Indirect line construction will continue southwest from Bald Mountain to the McCloud River Club. Additional burnout operations will be conducted if conditions are favorable and may include firing operations on the west flank near Claiborne Creek and the McCloud River Club. Continue patrolling and holding the contingency line along the south flank near Wheeler Ranch.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Forest Service acres 30,919, non-Forest Service acres 12,997

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 3-5 mph SW
Temperature 85-95 degrees
Humidity 12-22%
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