Lakeview Ore. – The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management Team (OSFM) and task forces will be traveling back to their home agencies today. OSFM would like to thank all of the local agencies and firefighters for the hard work during the initial attack and the ongoing support during the incident. Undoubtedly, the quick and heroic actions of firefighters and local law enforcement saved many lives and protected many homes in the path of the Cougar Peak Fire. During the three deployments that brought OSFM to Lake County this year, the community has been welcoming and the Teams thank them for their hospitality. OSFM is grateful to Northwest Incident Management Team 8 for the partnership and ongoing efforts to continue to manage the fire.
Yesterday’s conditions over the fire allowed for many successful planned operations. This included the burnout south of Cox Flat on the southwest corner of the fire. The heavy equipment group continued to make progress constructing contingency lines on the western side of the fire. The burnout completed two days before at Round Mountain had crews mopping up and patrolling. The northern tip of the fire has been cold trailed and very little heat was found. Starting on the northeast corner down the eastern edge of the fire, firefighters are working tirelessly to continue installing hose lays and using helicopters to keep the hotspots and spots found outside the line in check. The southeast corner of the fire is now mopped in up to 100-150 feet and crews continue to mop-up and patrol this crucial anchor point on the fire.
Today, firefighter’s priorities will be working the large amount of heat remaining on the eastern side of the fire. Some areas are in difficult terrain and hiking into the fires edge is an arduous task. Air attack will be available over the fire, helping prioritize and coordinate air resources bringing needed water into ground resources via bucket drops. Firefighters did find spots close to the fire line throughout the afternoon yesterday, as downslope winds pushed embers over the line. All resources remain aware to report cattle in the fire area, with location, ear tag and photos to the incident management team. This information will continue to be reported to the livestock owners.
Mop-up and patrol will be the mission for crews along the south, southwest, and northern edges of the fire. Heavy equipment will continue to construct contingency lines along the western side. Scouting of the western edge continues, as fire managers are looking for opportunities to construct the lines closer to the fire’s edge. As weather and conditions on the ground allow, fire managers are prepared to conduct small burnout operations to reduce unburned fuels between the fire’s edge and control lines.
Behavior: Overnight minimal fire activity was reported. Today, the relative humidity will again dip into the single digits with 10-15% predicted to be the average across the fire area. The dry air mass in place did not allow for great humidity recovery overnight, which again today is resulting in critically low relative humidity. This may increase fire activity and smoke from the Cougar Peak Fire.
Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Facebook: “Cougar Peak Fire 2021”
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: Temperatures today will be 73-77 degrees in the valley, 67-71 on the ridgetops. A light southwest wind will transition and increase from the west this afternoon across the area before a cool front brings northwest winds this evening, then north winds by midnight tonight. Humidity will be slightly higher this afternoon in the 15-20% range but recoveries this morning in the higher elevations were poor as a dry air mass remains over the region. Humidity will slightly improve tonight along with cooler temperatures.
Resources-890: 2 – type 1 hand crews, 2 – type 2 IA hand crews, 17 – type 2 hand crews, 3 – camp crews, 3 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 2 – light lift helicopter, 53 – engines, 19 – dozers, 24 – water tenders, 2 – masticators, and 8 – skidgines.
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.
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 accidental.