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:
A warming and drying trend starts today, with temperatures increasing 10-15 degrees over yesterday. Warming will continue through the rest of the week, with temperatures nearing 80 degrees this weekend. Relative humidity will drop throughout the week.

Operations:
Firefighters continued suppression repair activities around the southern and western portions of the fire yesterday, utilizing heavy equipment to process logs and repair roads. Repair operations in the northwest focused on removing the berms created as dozers cut containment lines. Patrol and occasional mop-up continued around the fire. Crews sized up additional repair work on the north end of the fire and developed a suppression repair plan for the peat bog and Willow Springs Ranch. In the eastern portion of the fire, firefighters supported hazard tree removal operations along transportation corridors. Heavy equipment processed logs from the extensive hazard tree removal and continued to improve access routes.


Today, firefighters will continue to work on suppression repair across the fire. Suppression repair work includes installing water bars on roads, restoring berms, removing hazard trees, and processing logs. Resource Advisors are working with fireline personnel during implementation of suppression repair to minimize erosion and to protect natural and cultural resources. Specialized equipment will arrive today to support suppression repair around the peat bog.

RESOURCES:
Hand Crews: 17
Engines: 21
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 9
Helicopters: 1

Evacuations and Restrictions

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has dropped all evacuation levels as of today, September 29. No evacuations remain for the Cougar Peak Fire. For further information please see the Lake County website at https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php.  

Please note that the area closure on the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in place. For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.

A professional feller takes down a very large hazard tree after the burn at Cougar Peak Fire.