Bagley Fire upate Saturday night, September 1

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A view of the Bagley Fire from the Mt. Shasta Ski Park Friday night, Aug. 31. Photo contributed by Cindy Corrales.

Crews on Saturday continued to burnout sections of the west flank of the Bagley Fire to reduce unburned fuels between the main part of the fire and containment line, according to information posted at inciweb.org Saturday evening.

The fire, burning in between Big Bend, Highway 89 to the north and Interstate 5 to the west, had grown to 42,624 acres and was being fought by 2,133 personnel. It was reported to be 45 percent contained.

Fire officials say Saturday night's priorities are to hold the fire's western flank and to keep the fire south of Hawkins Creek along the 11 Road.

Firefighters will continue to engage the fire tonight as winds are expected to remain light and relative humidity higher. Winds are expected to shift to a north wind later tonight that may challenge containment lines on the south flank.

Planned actions include continuing "construction of contingency lines along Bald Mountain ridge to the McCloud River. Continue firing operations on the west flank near Claiborne Creek and the McCloud River Club. Continue patrolling and holding the contingency line in the south flank near Wheeler Ranch."

Growth potential is listed as extreme; terrain difficulty is listed as extreme.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

The inciweb report says, "Tonight's relative humidity will continue to be favorable for firefighters in assisting with their firing operations. Smoke will continue to settle over the fire and winds will come from the southwest and then shift to the north to north east. Tomorrow high pressure will begin to rebuild over the fire area resulting in a drying and warming trend.

Public Safety:

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns. 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/.

Visitors traveling to McCloud Reservoir along the Forest 11 Road are encouraged to use caution around the Incident Command Post due to heavy firefighting traffic.

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. See the Forest Orders and closure maps at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3188/