The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview. Northwest Incident Management Team 12 assumed command of the fire at 6:00AM today.

Weather

Lighter winds are expected today with another warm, dry, and light wind period coming up this weekend. Temperatures are expected to cool early next week ahead of another Pacific storm system that could bring some precipitation and gustier winds by late Monday into Tuesday.


Operations

On the southern portion of the fire, crews made progress yesterday installing hose lays on the north side of Cougar Peak Mountain. Some fire activity inside containment lines picked up around Cougar Peak Mountain due to increased winds, and helicopters used bucket drops to cool hot spots. Mop-up along the western edge of the fire progressed an additional 50-100 feet interior as crews added depth to containment lines. Wind also picked up near the northern fire edge, but fire activity remained minimal. Special efforts to manage smoldering areas of the peat bog continued. In the north and east, crews continued to remove equipment no longer needed for fire suppression, patrol firelines, and conduct occasional mop-up as needed. Heavy equipment continued to secure the interior roads in the eastern fire area by removing hazard trees and snags along transportation corridors.

Today, crews will continue the same efforts as yesterday. Hose installations and mop-up will continue around Cougar Peak Mountain. Patrol and mop-up will occur around all areas of the fire. To the north, work will continue within Willow Springs Ranch and the smoldering peat bog. Helicopters will be available in case bucket work is needed to cool interior fire activity. The equipment group will continue working to open access along the eastern side of the fire.

Evacuations

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office decreased evacuation levels yesterday, September 22. Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 evacuations remain in and around the Cougar Peak Fire. For further information please see:

Lake County website at https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php

Lake County Facebook at @Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906

Interactive map at https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap

Temporary Flight Restriction

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.

Fire Restrictions

For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.

SIZE:  91,332 acres

CONTAINMENT: 52%

PERSONNEL: 1,041

CAUSE: Undetermined

RESOURCES:

Hand Crews: 29

Engines: 37

Dozers: 11

Water Tenders: 24

Helicopters: 4

Fixed Wing: 0