Lakeview Ore. – The Cougar Peak Fire is estimated at 86,412 acres and 6% contained. Excellent progress is being made to secure perimeter lines and cool hot spots. Firefighters have also scouted and created miles of direct and indirect line while mopping up areas that threaten the existing containment lines. With the improvement in visibility, all aviation assets assigned to the fire were very active yesterday. A heavy equipment group continues to make progress around the fire assisting with line construction. A weak cold front has brought lower humidity to the region will accelerate the drying of fuels and increase fire activity.

Last night, crews patrolled the fire and worked hotspots found along the fires edge. Today’s priority will again concentrate on the eastern and southern edges of the fire. Handlines and dozer lines will be constructed to connect the existing containment lines. Hose lays will continue to help with mop-up efforts. The forecasted weather for today is expected to be favorable for tactical burning operations to reduce unburned fuel between the fire edge and the line. Fire managers plan to secure the fire line on the southwest corner of the fire with a burnout. Clear skies will give ground resources access to all available air assets today to extinguish flare ups and hot spots throughout the fire.

On the west side of the fire, the heavy equipment group will continue to reinforce contingency lines. Due to the limited availability of logistic support, all resources will continue to report to the Incident Command Post in Lakeview and there will not be a spike camp set up in Paisley. The burnout operations on Round Mountain are complete, and crews will continue mop-up in the area. Along the containment line on the southeastern portion of the fire, mop-up has reached 50-100 feet into the fires edge.


OSFM task forces will be helping with mop-up on the north and south sides of the fire. The great work the crews have accomplished on the fire has secured property and structures, for that reason the existing structure taskforces and overhead team are expected to demobilize tomorrow morning. Crews across the fire will continue to report all cattle found in or near the fire perimeter and have created a mapping system to assist livestock owners in locating their animals.

BehaviorAn increase in fire behavior is anticipated. The dry air mass is expected to stay in the area through the week, resulting in critically low relative humidity. This may increase fire activity and increase smoke coming out of the Cougar Peak Fire.

Acreage: 86,412

Containment: 6%

Cause: Undetermined

Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) E-mai2021.cougarpeak@firenet.go 

Information websites: 

Facebook: “CougarPeak Fire 2021” 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/ Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com 

Weather: A strong storm system is expected to arrive late in the week bringing southwest windsback Thursday, with stronger southwest winds Friday along with thechance of rain.

Resources-8422 – type 1 hand crews2 – type 2 IA hand crews, 17 – type 2 hand crews, 3 – camp crews, 4 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 2 – light lift helicopter, 33 – engines, 19 – dozers, 19 – water tenders, and 2 – masticators.

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. Pleaseconsult 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.

For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.  Make sure to Know Before You Go

Please continue to #knowbeforeyougo! Check for fire restrictions in areas you are going to visit and do your part to stop accidental human caused wildfires. 85% of fire in Oregon are human caused, the greater percentage are all accident!