Bagley Fire Update 8 AM September 5, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 5, 2012 8:00 AM
Bagley Fire Update
Bagley Fire Information
Phone Number: (800) 923-7316
Date started: August 18, 2012 at 10 am
Number of Personnel: 1,864
Location: Fire started 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Hand Crews: 49
Size: 44,987 acres (70 square miles)
Percent Contained: 62%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012
Water Tenders: 48
Cost to Date: $23,200,000
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
Structures Threatened: 7 Structures and regional power transmission lines
Injuries to Date: 4
Firefighters worked through the night to hold the fire along all flanks. Weather conditions helped the fire back down towards containment line on the northwest flank and the peninsulas above Iron Reservoir on the east flank. Crews were successful with firefighting operations in the Bones Gulch area. All direct containment line and indirect contingency lines have been completed.
Today, the fire is expected to continue backing down towards the McCloud River. Priorities are to carry out burnout operations to further reduce fuels in the Bones Gulch area, and hold the fire on the east side of McCloud River along the northwest flank. Snags near the containment line along Hawkins Creek remain a concern. Firefighters will mop up and patrol the north, east, and south flanks of the fire. Areas of heat that remain deep within the fire's perimeter are being monitored.
Crews are protecting valued areas along the McCloud River should fire activity increase. The structures are not immediately threatened.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Favorable weather conditions are expected today for burnout operations. An inversion will cause smoke to disperse throughout the fire area in the morning. Light winds are expected to push smoke northeast of the fire area during the afternoon. Crews will maintain a watchful eye for spot fires across the containment line in anticipation of possible evening thunderstorms and associated strong winds.
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).
Roads near the fire will have firefighting equipment and fire engines travelling to and from assignments. Please be watchful for them and use extra caution when travelling near the fire area.