Bagley Fire Update 8 AM August 30, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Last night crews made progress with strategic burn outs along Forest Road 11 on the fire's north flank. Firefighters continue to use various suppression tactics to improve hand and dozer lines, and to patrol and mop up hot spots near containment lines.
Reduced winds are expected to help firefighters take more aggressive actions, allowing them to work closer to the fire's edge on the western flank. Containment lines on the fire's east flank from Dutchman Peak south to Iron Canyon Reservoir are holding, and a successful burn out along the line was completed last night. Burn out operations were also successful on the fire's south flank. Crews will continue to hold and patrol control lines today.
The Team has 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.
Under Unified Command, Federal and CalFire resources are working together under a single, coordinated incident command structure to protect both National Forest and private lands.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Winds are expected to remain light today, however conditions are still critical and capable of producing extreme fire behavior where winds align with canyons. Smoke is expected to hang over the fire and in the McCloud area again today.
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.
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).
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.