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Sunday, August 19, 2012

CA-STF- Bagley Complex Wildfires, 200 acres, 0%

 Incident Overview
 The Fork and the Bagley fires were ignited by lightning early August 18. Both fires are near Little Bagley Mountain, about 3 1/2 miles southwest of Iron Canyon Reservoir. There is also a small spot fire that was discovered this morning located approximately a mile east of the Bagley Fire.
 Despite limited resources full immeditate suppression actions are being taken by Smokejumpers and hotshot crews, helicopters and engines.
 The fires within this complex are currently being mapped, but they are believed to be approximately 200-300 acres total with low to moderate rate of spread. Since the fires are in close proximity they will be managed as a single incident now known as the "Bagley Complex".
 A Type 3 organization led by Incident Commander Ernst Little is currently in command of this incident. A type 2 Incident Management Team (Whitcome) has been ordered.
 The fires do not pose any immediate threat to people or homes.
 Firefighters will continue to work towards complete full suppression with all available resources as quickly as possible.

Bagley Complex Wildfires Location Map
Basic Information
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location: 7 miles west of Big Bend CA
Incident Commander: Ernst Little
Fire Information Phone: 530 710 8627

Current Situation
Total Personnel 96
Size 200 acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday August 25th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead and down material.
Fire Behavior: Fire behavior August 18 was wind-driven with flame lengths in the brush fuels exceeding 25 feet and short crown runs observed in both the conifer and brush fuels. Short range spotting with a high probability of ignition resulted in rapid fire spread late in the day. Active backing fire through continuous surface fuels was observed in Canyon Creek.
Significant Events: Fire spread north and east onto private timber lands. Firefighters forced to use indirect strategies on the Bagley Fire due to high fire activity. Helispots were constructed on both fires in preparation for inserting crews.
Outlook/Planned Actions - Scout fire line locations, construct lines in all divisions, prepare logistical support for fire line operations.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - High
Remarks: The fire is burning on private timber lands and National Forest System lands with limited access making suppression efforts difficult.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 12 mph SW
Temperature 87 degrees
Humidity 22%

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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