Lakeview Ore. – Firefighters continue making progress lining 230 miles of fire perimeter. An increase in winds is anticipated over the next few days and are expected to test the completed dozer and handlines.
Today’s focus will be on the eastern and southern edges of the fire. Resources will continue building and reinforcing lines and extinguishing hot spots close to the fire’s edge. The southeast corner has been mopped up 25 feet into the interior. The southwest and northern perimeter of the fire has been prepped for burn out operations, weather and resources permitting, those operations will be conducted in locations where indirect line was previously constructed.
The heavy equipment group will be working the northwest side of the fire to build contingency lines. On the northeast side of the fire, plans are to burnout a small portion of a slop over near the existing dozer line. Nearly the entire east side of the fire has direct line in place. Fire crews have utilized a combination of dozer line, hand line, or roads to accomplish this objective. Eight crews have been assigned to the eastern flank to mop up and further secure the line. Air resources will coordinate with firefighters to utilize water drops when flare ups occur, or fire threatens the perimeter.
Four task forces, consisting of 16 engines and four water tenders, from the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal will continue mop-up efforts and help secure lines along the fire’s edge. Teams will also continue patrolling and assisting fire crews where needed, with emphasis on preserving grasslands critical to local livestock operations.
A spike camp will be established near Paisley to support the efforts on the western side of the fire and reduce travel time.
Behavior: Moderate fire behavior is anticipated as temperatures and winds increase throughout the week. Unburned fuels within the fire perimeter are expected to dry out and will have a higher likelihood of burning. Larger pockets of fuel could produce visible smoke.
Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Facebook: “Cougar Peak Fire 2021”
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: A light north wind is expected today. Temperatures will be 65-70 degrees on the ridgetops with a relative humidity of 22- 28%. A progressively dry air mass will move into the area this evening resulting in poor humidity recovery. The north wind will aid in pushing thicker smoke to the south with improving visibility during the afternoon, possibly settling into the area tonight.
Resources-787: 1 – type 1 hand crew, 2 – type 2 IA hand crews, 14 – type 2 hand crews, 3 – camp crews, 3 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 3 – light lift helicopter, 55 – engines, 16 – dozers, 24 – water tenders, and 1 – masticator.
Evacuations: The Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuation levels remain at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations in and around the Cougar Peak Fire. For further information please see:
Lake County website https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php
Lake County Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906
and an interactive map: https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cougar Peak Fire. Please consult the Notice to Airman for specifics.
Red Cross Evacuation Shelter: The Lakeview shelter and planned emergency shelter in LaPine are both on standby and staff are available to reopen either shelter, if the need arises.
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.
Vehicles start wildfires in many ways.
🔥Chains dragging on pavement create sparks.
🔥The exhaust system and catalytic converter under your vehicle are hot enough to ignite dry grass.
🔥Dry grass along roadways and in the center of “two-track” roadways are easily ignited by a vehicle.
Secure your chains properly, avoid parking over dry grass, and check local restrictions for vehicle access on off-road trails.