Bagley Fire Update 8 PM September 3, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 3, 2012 8:00 PM
Bagley Fire Update
Bagley Fire Information
Phone Number: (800) 923-7316
Date started: August 18, 2012 at 10 am
Number of Personnel: 1,920
Location: Fire started 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Hand Crews: 59
Size: 44,465 acres (69 square miles)
Percent Contained: 55%
Estimated Containment Date: September 15, 2012
Water Tenders: 32
Cost to Date: $21,000,000
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
Structures Threatened: 29 Structures and regional power transmission lines
Injuries to Date: 4
Burnout operations continued on the west and northwest flanks of the fire. As temperatures increased and humidity levels decreased, firefighters suspended burnout operations and shifted to holding and patrolling the containment line in anticipation of increased fire activity. A spot fire on the western flank was contained at 2 acres.
The southern portion of the fire from Sheep Camp to the Iron Canyon Reservoir is in mop-up status as firefighters push further into the fire, extinguishing hotspots within 100 feet of fire's edge. Fire continued to back downhill on the north side of Iron Canyon Reservoir while firefighters monitored its progress. Crews have shifted their focus to holding and mopping up along Hawkins Creek. They prepared the area in the McCloud River Drainage by decreasing hazardous fuels, including snags near the river, to reduce the fire intensity and the potential for spotting.
Tonight, firefighters will continue burnout operations on the western and northwestern flanks. Weather conditions in this area are expected to remain warm with poor humidity recovery. The north, northeastern, and southern flanks of the fire will be patrolled and mopped up. The McCloud River Drainage will remain unstaffed tonight as it is too dangerous to put crews in the area at night.
Weather conditions will be favorable for burnout operations as temperatures will remain warm mid-slope and relative humidity levels remain low. Winds will shift later tonight flowing down-canyon, and increase the potential for short range spotting across containment lines. Firefighters expect to see rolling, burning material on the steep terrain.
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).
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.