Bagley Fire Update 8 AM September 8, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 8, 2012 8:00 AM
Bagley Fire Update
Bagley Fire Information
Phone Number: (800) 923-7316
Date started: August 18, 2012 at 10 am
Location: Fire started 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Size: 45,917 acres (72 square miles)
Percent Contained: 80%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012
Cost to Date: $28,100,000
Structures Threatened: 7 Structures
Injuries to Date: 5
Number of Personnel: 820
Hand Crews: 17
Water Tenders: 25
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
After a highly successful operation under a Unified Command, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (McGowan) resumed sole command of the fire at 6am this morning. Because Cal Fire direct protection areas are no longer threatened, Cal Fire management and resources have returned to home units and other fires within the State of California.
Today, mop up 100 feet into the fireline will continue along all flanks. The fire remains active along the northeast flank. Crews will focus on suppressing any spot fires that develop outside of the containment line along the McCloud River. Steep terrain and snags continue to pose safety hazards for firefighters throughout the fire area.
Suppression repair activities on all flanks (along hand lines and dozer lines) are being implemented. Repair activities include road improvements to help restore stream crossings. Lines along the southeast flank are fully repaired. Hand crews, dozers, and excavators are being used for water bar construction to prevent erosion on the northeast flank from Grizzly Peak to McCloud Reservoir.
The need for firefighting equipment and personnel on the Bagley Fire will decrease over the weekend. Extra resources will be made available to help with other fires.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Higher humidity overnight helped decrease fire activity. Down canyon winds this morning will shift to up canyon winds out of the southwest this afternoon, pushing smoke northeast of the fire area. While fire activity has decreased, spot fire potential remains high along the McCloud River north of the McCloud River Preserve in the Ah Ni Da area.
Public Safety: 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).