Lakeview Ore. – The winds predicted for the past several days moved over the fire yesterday. The western side of the fire was active with an east wind pushing the fire’s edge. All growth on the fire was inside of pre-planned contingency lines. Resources were busy all day working with heavy helicopters to keep water on the hotspots and crews lined spots within timber sales on the southwest portion of the fire. As of nightfall, the fire was established on the west side of the 3608 road around Doe Mountain. Resources stayed out in front of the advancing fire, using the planned contingency line on the 3510. Water tenders and crews worked a challenging portion of a meadow burning on the northwestern corner of the fire making very good progress.
Yesterday afternoon, a fifteen-acre slop over the line on the northeast corner near Coyote Flat was being aggressively worked. The local BLM super heavy engine was able to slowly move its way into the fire area, with dozers and crews all helping to stop the forward spread. The area is hard to access and burning in a scabby, rocky patch of juniper.
On the eastern side of the fire, mop-up with the 84 miles of hose in place continued all day. The most northern part of the east side of the fire is now mopped in 25-50 feet and the southern end is 50-100 feet. The most southern end of the fire remains in patrol and is holding as a solid anchor point for resources.
Additional resources were on the fire overnight, continuing to work the active fire areas on the southwest and west and the slop over near Coyote Flat. Moderate surface fire with some torching was observed throughout the night. Firefighters remained vigilant working the active fire areas and patrolling the fire. Hotshot crews spiked out over night near the fire, available to operations if needed to support nighttime fire activity.
Today, crews will continue mop-up efforts working the western fire edge with the pre-planned contingency line. Even stronger southwest winds are forecasted, and rain is expected to come in this afternoon. Air resources are available to help ground resources, although strong gusty winds may ground all helicopters as wind speeds go beyond the safety parameters to fly.
Behavior: Today, wind conditions will support spotting distances of .4 miles but spread rates and flame length will be slightly reduced from yesterday. This afternoon precipitation and high relative humidity will reduce fire behavior drastically. Fire will be isolated in burning heavy fuels, stump holes, and duff under thick canopy.
Today’s Operational update by Operations Section Chief, Rod Bonacker can be found on the “Cougar Peak Fire 2021” Facebook page.
Fire Information: (541) 900-5788 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Facebook: “Cougar Peak Fire 2021”
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Weather: An approaching Pacific storm system will bring increasing southwest winds to the fire area today with ridgetop gusts approaching 45 mph by noon. Maximum temperatures and lowest relative humidity for the day are expected around noon with rain to begin around 1:00 PM as the cold front moves through the area. Maximum temperatures today will be 64-68 degrees in the valleys, with 56-61 degrees on the ridgetops. Minimum relative humidity will be 30-35% in the valleys with 35-40% on the ridgetops. Occasional rain showers are predicted overnight with temperatures 38-47 degrees and relative humidity 85-100%.
Sunday winds will remain gusty but slowly diminish Sunday as rain tapers off through the day along with cool temperatures. Rain totals from 0.33-0.50 inches are expected.
Resources-1194: 3 – type 1 hand crews, 4 – type 2 IA hand crews, 26 – type 2 hand crews, 4 – camp crews, 3 – heavy lift helicopters, 2 – medium lift helicopters, 2 – light lift helicopter, 48 – engines, 20 – dozers, 28 – water tenders, 2 – masticators, and 9 – 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.
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!