Bagley Fire Update 7 PM September 9, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 9, 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: 46,011 acres (72 square miles) Percent Contained: 84%
Estimated Containment Date: September 10, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Cost to Date: $30,000,000 Structures Threatened: 7
Structures Injuries to Date: 5 Number of Personnel: 556
Hand Crews: 6 Engines: 23
Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 21
Helicopters: 3 Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow
Today's Update: The containment lines were tested today by gusting-ridge top winds of 25 mph and sustained winds of 12 mph. Fire activity did increase with individual tree torching and helicopters made water drops to reduce the fire's intensity. In the northeast corner of the fire, a tree fell near the containment line and once again firefighters radioed for air support in their suppression efforts. Firefighters used infrared technology to grid the area outside the line for evidence that fire had spotted; no spots were discovered. All containment lines held today.
Crews continued working on suppression repair on the east, southwest and south edges of the fire. Firefighters built water bars to prevent erosion and used chippers to grind up brush to spread it along the handlines. Excavators placed small trees and dozers built water bars to prevent erosion along dozer lines in anticipation of fall and winter rains.
Fire Behavior and Smoke: A cold front will pass through the area tonight around midnight bringing cooler temperatures and a lower humidity. The humidity in canyon bottoms will range from 40-50% and temperatures will range from 50-55 degrees after midnight. Winds will shift to the north then northeast blowing 5-7 mph. This cold front may allow for more mixing in the canyon bottoms lifting the smoke out by the morning.
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).