Morning Update September 15, 2012
Incident: Bagley Wildfire
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fire Update - September 15, 2012 9:00 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: 46,011 acres (72 square miles)
Percent Contained: 95%
Estimated Containment Date: September 15, 2012
Cost to Date: $33,400,000
Structures Threatened: 0
Injuries to Date: 5
Number of Personnel: 474
Hand Crews: 6
Water Tenders: 20
Air Tankers: Available if needed
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues with their assessment of the fire area. As the BAER Team completes their assessment, information will be release on the burn severity and any recommend treats for the area. Some of the possible treatments the BAER Team could recommend include erosion control measures, road drainage treatments and temporary barriers to protect recovering areas.
Firefighters continued patrolling the fire perimeter and kept the fire within current containment lines. Crews continue making progress with suppression repair on several miles of dozer lines, hand lines and roads needing work as a result of firefighting efforts. The objective of fire suppression repair is to prevent the use of fire lines as trails which may cause confusion with correct route finding and will minimize erosion and sediment movement on and around the fire line. Some of the activity included with the suppression repair include; grading, pulling ditches, pulling back berms, re-establishing rolling dips and cleaning inlet culverts. Heavy equipment, such as road graders, excavators, chippers and backhoe tractors are being utilized to accomplish the task of suppression repair.
The forecasted weather over the fire today is predicted to have some southwesterly winds as a weather system moves over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures will be in the high 90's, possibly into the 100-degree mark in the lower elevations of the fire area. Crews will monitor the winds and its influence on the fire area and patrol the perimeter to make sure the fire remains within its containment lines. Generally smoke on the fire is generated by deeply imbedded heat within thick duff, stump holes and large fuels.
Fire officials would like to advise visitors and recreationalists using the Hawkins Landing Campground and Boat Ramp that these are the ONLY areas re-opened under Amendment 2 of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Order No. 14-12-02. This amendment allows public access to part of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Area.
This closure is being implemented to protect public and firefighter safety during the Bagley Fire Incident on the Shasta-Trinity National forest. The area will be closed to ensure that the public does not enter into an area that is currently threatened by fire or where suppression rehabilitation efforts may be ongoing. The roads will be closed due to hazardous conditions, such as low visibility, dust, narrow and windy road conditions and increased fire operations traffic. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb.