Bagley Fire Update 7 PM September 8, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 8, 2012 7:00 PM
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: 82%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012
Cost to Date: $29,300,000
Structures Threatened: 7 Structures
Injuries to Date: 5
Number of Personnel: 577
Hand Crews: 7
Water Tenders: 22
Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
All containment lines held today including those along the McCloud River. In the northwest corner of the fire, the fire backed its way down to the McCloud River. Even though the backing fire was less intense, it still was very hot and helicopters made water drops to reduce the intensity.
Areas of the fire that had previously shown little activity were once again active after several days of hot and dry conditions. As a precaution against flare ups, crews utilized maps derived from infrared imagery to seek out and extinguish hot spots along the fire's edge.
Crews continued working on suppression repair on the east and south edges of the fire. Firefighters built water bars and used chippers to grind up brush to spread it along the handlines. Excavators placed small trees and dozers built water bars on dozer lines. All of these efforts are meant to prevent the erosion of the containment lines when the fall rains begin.
Tonight the mission is to hold the fire at the McCloud River patrolling for spot fires outside the containment lines. Firefighters will also take this opportunity to begin mopping up along the fire's edge while temperatures are cooler and humidities are high. The remainder of the fire will be unstaffed.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
The relative humidity in the river bottom will be in excess of 70%, but at mid-slope the humidity will only recover to 50% allow for the potential of overnight fire activity. The winds will be out of the southwest at 6-10 mph and gusting to 20 mph until about 9:00 PM after which they will shift to the Northeast. An inversion will once again set up tonight causing the smoke to settle over the fire.
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).