Lakeview Ore. – Yesterday, on the Cougar Peak Fire, there was widespread active surface fire noted throughout the fire. Air resources assisted firefighters throughout the afternoon with bucket drops of water. On the southeast corner of the fire, a slop over the line was found early in the day and crews worked hard to contain it, stopping it at three acres. On the west-northwest side of the fire, the heavy equipment group made great progress prepping contingency line. The west side of the fire was more active than in days past as the effects of the rain diminish and the fire got more active within contingency lines. On the north end of the fire, cold trailing of the grass and sage fuels, mop-up and patrol continued with the northeast corner of the fire having more active fire than to the north. A helitack crew was flown into an inaccessible area on the northeast corner yesterday afternoon to work the hotspots in the area. The eastern portion of the fire is plumbed, and firefighters continue to work diligently to mop-up and extinguish areas of heat.
A night shift remained out on the fire last night, patrolling and watching for flareups.
The Team Fire Behavior Analyst is calling today the “calm before the storm”. Today’s efforts will be the same as yesterday, continuing to strengthen the line with added mop-up depth around the fire. Timber falling teams have been removing many hazard trees. Firefighters remain vigilant watching for fire weakened trees and snags, as they remain a major safety concern, especially with the increase in winds forecasted for Friday and Saturday.
Behavior: Overnight, some areas of active surface fire and occasional single tree torching were observed. Today, moderate intensity surface fire, single to small group torching with an increased probability of ignition is expected. Winds are predicted to be north-northeast less than 10 mph on the northern end of the fire. On the southern end of the fire, the winds will be light and terrain driven.
Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
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Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: Temperatures will be 68-72 degrees in the valley, 64-68 on the ridge tops. Relative humidity will be 11-15% in the valleys, 18-22% on the ridge tops. The stronger north winds will subside early today, changing to less than 10 mph and terrain driven. A strong storm system will approach the area for the end of the week bringing 20-25 mph southwest winds, with gusts expected up to 40-50 mph, creating elevated fire weather conditions to the area Friday. Gusty southwest winds will continue Saturday, but precipitation is expected in the afternoon through evening along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Rain chances continue into Sunday, taper off Monday, with even cooler temperatures with highs in the lower 60s.
Resources-845: 2 – type 1 hand crews, 2 – type 2 IA hand crews, 18 – type 2 hand crews, 3 – camp crews, 3 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 2 – light lift helicopter, 37 – engines, 20 – 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. Please consult the Notice to Airman for specifics.
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.
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.
Before the predicted precipitation this weekend, VERY high winds will be moving through the area. The drought-stricken forest and grasslands are VERY receptive to the smallest spark. IT ONLY TAKES ONE SPARK to start a wildfire, please remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!