Bagley Fire Update 8 PM September 7, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 7, 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: 824
Location: Fire started 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Hand Crews: 17
Size: 45,917 acres (72 square miles)
Percent Contained: 80%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012
Water Tenders: 25
Cost to Date: $28,100,000
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
Structures Threatened: 7 Structures
Injuries to Date: 5
Firefighters made good progress mopping up into the fireline today. They also maintained a watchful eye for spot fires along the McCloud River. The north, east, and south flanks were patrolled. The spot fire contained north of the Nature Conservancy McCloud River Nature Preserve was located on Forest Service land near the trailhead parking at McCloud River. Crews finished mopping it up this morning.
Suppression repair activities on all flanks (along hand lines and dozer lines) are being implemented. Repair activities will include road improvements to help restore stream crossings. Lines along the southeast flank are fully repaired. Crews are using hand crews, dozers, and excavators for water bar construction to prevent erosion on the northeast flank from Grizzly Peak to McCloud Reservoir.
Tonight, mop up 100 feet into the fireline will continue along all flanks. Crews will focus on suppressing any spot fires that develop outside of the containment line along the northwest flank. Steep terrain and snags pose safety hazards for firefighters throughout the fire area.
The need for firefighting equipment and personnel on the Bagley Fire will continue to decrease over the weekend. Extra resources will be made available to help combat other fires.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Humidity recovery rates will help increase fuel moisture tonight and reduce fire activity. Downcanyon winds are forecast in the fire area, which will push smoke 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.