Northern California’s Identity Problem

Here is Northern California’s identity problem. There’s pretty big fire in Northern California.
http://www.latimes.com/…/la-me-ln-homes-destroyed-wildfire-…

Here’s where the fire really is.
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info…
Nowhere near NorCal!!!

More than three dozen homes and buildings were destroyed Saturday by a wildfire in Northern California that has forced the evacuations of two towns and burned…
latimes.com|By Los Angeles Times
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Bagley Fire Update: 46,000 acres, nearly 72 sq. miles, 100% containment

 The fire is still active but the growth potential is low. Thank you Firefighters! 

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Yesterday fire crews completed securing containment lines around the fire perimeter. The fire is 100% contained, and now the crews will work on gaining full control of the fire. Firefighters continue patrolling the fire perimeter to ensure the fire remains within current containment lines. Crews continue making progress with suppression repair on several miles of dozer lines, hand lines and roads needing work as a result of firefighting efforts. Some of the activity included with the suppression repair include; grading, pulling ditches, pulling back berms, re-establishing rolling dips and cleaning inlet culverts. Heavy equipment, such as road graders, excavators, chippers and backhoe tractors are being utilized to accomplish the task of suppression repair.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed their assessment of the fire area. The next step for the BAER Team is to complete an assessment report and recommend treatments to address concerns such as watershed conditions, natural and cultural resources, and erosion control.

Fire officials would like to advise visitors and recreationists using the Hawkins Landing Campground and Boat Ramp that these are the ONLY areas re-opened under Amendment 2 of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Order No. 14-12-02. This amendment allows public access to part of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Area.

This closure is being implemented to protect public and firefighter safety during the Bagley Fire Incident on the Shasta-Trinity National forest. The area will be closed to ensure that the public does not enter into an area that is currently threatened by fire or where suppression rehabilitation efforts may be ongoing. The roads will be closed due to hazardous conditions, such as low visibility, dust, narrow and windy road conditions and increased fire operations traffic. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb.

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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 David Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel 458
Size 46,011 acres
Percent Contained 100%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM
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 Generally, smoke on the fire is being generated by deeply imbedded heat within thick duff, stump holes and large fuels.
Significant Events Forest Service road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue suppression repair efforts to minimize future sediment issues due to runoff into the McCloud River corridor. Continue mop-up, line improvement and suppressiopn repair. general actions will include: grading, pulling ditches, pulling back side cast and berms, and re-establishing rolling dips, and cleaning culvert inlets. Support READ and BAER operations with logistical needs.
Growth Potential Low
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Significant progress has been made in all phases of fire line suppression repair, concentrating on areas nearest the perimeter and working interior. Water quality and fisheries continue to be a major concern for suppression repair efforts along the McCloud River. Bagley incident will independently manage fire suppression repair on the Ward fire and will continue to support it operationally and logistically. Federal acres burned: 32,208 Non-federal: 13,803. Two helicopters, one light and one medium remain on the Bagley Incident.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 5 mph SW
Temperature 54-64 degrees
Humidity 40-70%

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

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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%

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).

Bagley Fire Update 9-1-12: 40,948 acres (64 sq. miles) 30% containment

Incident Overview

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Today’s Update:

Firefighters fully engaged the fire today as the relative humidity dropped and afternoon winds increased fire activity testing their containment lines. Intensified fire activity along the west flank of the fire prompted the use of air tankers to drop retardant in an effort to restrain the fire within existing containment lines. Helicopters were also called upon to cool flare-ups near containment line in an effort to prevent spotting across the lines.

Crews will continue to work through the night to hold the fire within the containment line, and strengthen these containment lines by burning unburned fuels next to them. Given today’s fire activity, firefighters will remain alert for any spotfires outside the containment lines; responding aggressively to any new spot fires.

Visitors are encouraged to use caution when travelling on Forest Road 11 to and from McCloud Reservoir due to heavy fire traffic, particularly over the holiday weekend.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

Winds are expected to remain light this morning. The forecast calls for increasing winds from the southwest throughout the afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph along ridgetops. The winds will push smoke northeast of the fire area into communities including McCloud.

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/.

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 was held tonight at McCloud Elemetery School, located at 332 Hamilton Way, McCloud, CA. Incident Management Team members from the Unified Command provided an update on firefighting efforts and answered 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 1,875
Size 40,948 acres
Percent Contained 30%
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 Smoke is expected to linger overhead a good portion of the day keeping humidities up and temperatures lower reducing some fire activity. As the smoke clears fire activity is expected to increase. Fire behavior included isolated torching, short range spotting, and surface fire spread could be possible.
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 12-15 acre spot fire just east of Dutchman Peak was contained and mopped up yesterday. Total area burned includes 28,663 acres of Forest Service land and 12,248 acres of private land.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 2-5 mph SW
Temperature 74-79 degrees
Humidity 14-32%

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%

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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