The incident management team will give an update on the Bagley Fire during a community information meeting that has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. at McCloud Elementary School.
A second community information meeting about the Bagley Fire has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m at McCloud Elementary School.
The incident management team will give an update on the fire, which is burning south of McCloud on public and private lands.
A Bagley Fire Incident Base is being set up in Squaw Valley.
"We're keeping a small camp at Big Bend for cleaning up and moving operations here," Incident Management Team 1 Information Officer Richard Hadley said on Wednesday.
He said more than 1,300 firefighters are on the line, "and with CAL FIRE set up across the road, a large amount of them will be based out of here and we wanted to better be able to service them with meals, showers, and sleeping arrangements."
Hadley said CAL FIRE is starting to build contingency lines from Grizzly Peak over to the reservoir and scouting new lines from the reservoir to the west.
"Our goal is to keep the fire south of the McCloud River and protect that natural resource. We know how important that is to some folks."
He said smoke was worse in the McCloud area Wednesday because there was less wind. "The air quality is not so good but that also means the fire is behaving itself and not pushing our lines.
"The crews have done a tremendous job so far with the very difficult country and extremely dry conditions. If the weather holds and we make good progress, I think we are on our way to being able to capture this."
Goff Fire update
The mandatory evacuation order issued on Aug. 28 by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office for residents of Seiad Valley in the Seiad Creek Road area remains in effect.
The notice includes closure of Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road, and some portions of the west side of Highway 96. An evacuation center has been established at Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. The evacuation center has the capability to house large and small animals.
According to a Klamath National Forest news release Thursday morning, "Protecting homes in Seiad Valley remains the top priority, as well us mopping up and holding the fire north of Seiad Valley and Highway 96. Firefighters will continue conducting tactical firing behind homes threatened by the fire and along Highway 96 to remove unwanted fuels. Drivers can expect some delays due to one lane closure, pilot car guided traffic through areas affected by the fire along the highway."
The fire is expected to move west to Four Mile Butte and Tims Peak and northwest towards Buck Mountain. Firefighters will be working on constructing fire line on the west side of the fire above Thompson Creek Drainage.
For additional evacuation information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at (530) 493-1514, or on the internet at www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/ Select Fort Complex then select the "Closures" tab or "News" tab. The Sheriff's Department will also have current information and evacuation plans available via the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department Facebook Page.
Statewide fire summary for Thursday, Aug. 30
Nearly 8,000 firefighters remain on the firelines battling the six remaining large wildfires in northern California. Firefighters have been aided by milder weather and containment percentages continue to rise on several of the fires. It's expected that northern California will see slightly higher temperatures and little wind over the next few days.
During periods of high fire danger, CAL FIRE asks that residents living or recreating in or near the wildlands use extreme caution to avoid starting a new fire. It's important that everyone plan for the Labor Day weekend with fire safety in mind. A statewide burn ban remains in effect for all state responsibility areas. For more information on the burn ban visit: www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/newsreleases/2012/BurnBan_NewsRelease.pdf.
In addition, many recreational areas impacted by wildfires remain closed. If you are planning to visit one of the National Forests within California, please contact the Forest Area Office directly to obtain current information on their closures and fire restrictions.
For the latest on CAL FIRE's incidents visit www.fire.ca.gov or follow us on twitter @CAL_FIRE. For a look at the statewide fire map: www.fire.ca.gov/fire_protection/firemaps.php.
For fires burning on federal land visit http://www.inciweb.org/state/5/.