WE WILL NEVER FORGET – 9/11/2001
Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander Kevin Stock, in unified command with Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Incident Management Blue Team, Scott Magers Incident Commander, is managing the Cougar Peak Fire.
General Updates: The Cougar Peak Fire’s southern edge is approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview.
After yesterday’s significant rainfall, fire activity was relatively quiet. Night shift crews and heavy equipment completed contingency lines in the southwest portion of the fire to protect private timber lands. Today, firefighters are scouting and prepping line, continuing north up the west side of the fire in anticipation of drying fuels for burn operations in the area. On the north portion, crews are tying in light fuels in the valley to minimize impacts, and cold trailing. On the east flank, dozers and crews are constructing direct line to protect additional private timber land. Moving south on the east flank, direct line is also being constructed to tie into previously constructed line in the south to secure the fire’s edge. Firefighters will be looking at opportunities for indirect burning operations in the next few days while weather conditions are favorable to do so. There was minimal fire growth reported yesterday and the increase is likely from burning that happened prior to the rain.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office currently has six taskforces working during the day and four taskforces working at night. Key focuses for firefighters today will be mopping up near structures on the eastern and northeastern flanks of the fire. Crews will also be working today to assess homes on the westside of the fire.
Another key focus for structural firefighters will be the protection of critical infrastructure on Round Mountain. The mountain is home to FFA communication, internet and cellular tower services that are vital to the area.
Behavior:Fine fuel moistures today will be in the 6-8% range. Low fire behavior is expected through all fuel types with creeping surface fire and single or small group torching under protected canopies in timber. Afternoon spread will be possible in light fuels by late afternoon.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Facebook: “Cougar Peak Fire 2021”
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: Today will have a light haze and a few afternoon clouds. Temperatures in the valleys will be 71-76 degrees, with a relative humidity of 19-23%. Winds will be light and variable in the morning, becoming north-northwest in the afternoon at 5-8 mph with gusts less than 15 mph.
In some years, the amount of rain we have received at this time of year could be considered a season ending event. This season, however, is not a typical season. This area is in its second consecutive year of drought and entered this fire season in the highest classification of drought measure possible. Likewise, fuel moistures have been at or near record lows for most of the year. Just as yesterday’s rains will not fill our empty reservoirs, it will also not automatically bring an end to this fire season.
Resources-694: 1 – type 1 hand crew, 3 – type 2 IA hand crews, 11 – type 2 hand crews, 2 – camp crews, 3 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 1 – light lift helicopter, 64 – engines, 10 – dozers, 19 – water tenders, and 2 – masticators.
Evacuations: Multiple Evacuation Levels have been issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. See this link for entering a specific address in the upper right corner in this interactive map:
See the website and Facebook for a full description of the evacuation levels. Link is below.
Red Cross Evacuation Shelter: The Lakeview shelter and planned emergency shelter in LaPine will both be on standby starting Saturday. If the need arises, staff are available to reopen the shelter.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t.Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire, all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
An average of 85% of fires in the Pacific Northwest are started by humans. Please continue to do your part and be fire aware, know fire restrictions in areas you are visiting and practice safe summer outings! #OnlyYouCanPreventWildfires