Bagley Fire Update 8 PM September 6, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 6, 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: 977
Location: Fire started 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Hand Crews: 25
Size: 45,917 acres (72 square miles)
Percent Contained: 70%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012
Water Tenders: 25
Cost to Date: $26,400,000
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
Structures Threatened: 0 Structures
Injuries to Date: 5
The fire produced less smoke today as firefighters continued to mop-up residual heat along the fire's perimeter. Burnout operations in Bones Gulch progressed slowly and methodically as planned. Firefighters trailed along behind mopping up and holding the newly established black line.
Later in the day, as temperatures and wind increased, a spot fire was discovered over containment line in the vicinity of the Nature Conservancy McCloud River Preserve facilities. Firefighters and helicopters quickly attacked the spot and were able to contain it at .25 acre.
Tonight, firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up the Bones Gulch area. They will also watch for any additional spot fires over the containment line along the northwest flank. All other areas of the fire will be unstaffed as very little fire activity is expected due to high nighttime humidity.
Firefighters are compiling a list of suppression repair needs along handlines and dozer lines. Repair work has begun with chipping operations along the east flank. The need for equipment and personnel is expected to decrease over the weekend. These extra resources will be made available to help combat other fires.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Fire activity within the Bagley Fire has significantly decreased. Relative humidity is expected to recover to 80% in the canyon, which will help extinguish hot spots that remain in the drainages. Winds are expected to shift from the southwest to the northeast by midnight. Smoke is expected to settle over the fire area tonight due to an inversion and drain into the Lake Shasta and Redding areas.
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 crews travelling to and from assignments. Please be watchful for them and use extra caution when travelling near the fire area.