The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon. The Incident Command Post at the Lakeview Fairgrounds is closed to all but essential personnel to help ensure the health and safety of community members and firefighters.

Weather
Today will be warm and dry with temperature and humidity similar to yesterday. Starting tonight, winds will pick up as a low pressure system moves into the area. The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch for Sunday due to strong, gusty winds and low humidity.

Operations
Yesterday, crews continued to secure line near Cougar Peak, making progress down the slope from the top of the peak. Throughout the western portion of the fire, crews conducted patrol and mop-up and began identifying suppression repair needs. In the north, the peat bog continued to pose challenges for mop-up as firefighters are still finding hotspots and smoldering areas. In the east, efforts shifted primarily to patrol and suppression repair, and a major backhaul operation began for the removal of hose and equipment from the fireline. Firefighters continued to make progress clearing roads in the eastern area of the fire. Heavy equipment began work in western and northwestern areas of the fire cutting hazard trees along transportation corridors and removing felled trees.


Today firefighters will continue to work on direct line construction in rugged terrain near Cougar Peak. Crews will continue to mope-up where needed to address remaining hotspots and secure the line ahead of tomorrow’s wind event. In secured areas mop-up will transition to suppression repair and backhaul. Heavy equipment will continue their work in the east and west portions of the fire.

Resources:
Hand Crews: 26
Engines: 35
Dozers: 11
Water Tenders: 22
Helicopters: 4
Fixed Wing: 0

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office decreased evacuation levels yesterday, September 24. No Level 3 evacuation areas remain. Areas previously in a Level 3 evacuation have been reduced to Level 2, and areas previously in a Level 2 evacuation have been reduced to Level 1. Areas previously in a Level 1 are no longer under evacuation order. 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