Size: 91,730 Acres
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.
A warming and drying trend continues today, with temperatures increasing 5-6 degrees over yesterday. A cold front will pass through the area tomorrow, then warming will resume for the weekend.
Warmer temperatures and lower humidities led to visible smoke from the interiors of the Cougar Peak and Patton Meadow Fires yesterday, but containment lines on both fires remained secure. Yesterday, firefighters continued to patrol the fire perimeter and conduct occasional mop-up as needed. Backhaul of equipment was completed in the southwest. Along the northern boundary, firefighters continued to find and mop-up hotspots around the peat bog and Willow Springs Ranch. In the eastern portion of the fire, heavy equipment continued to improve access routes and process logs from the extensive hazard tree removal. Today, firefighters will continue to work on suppression repair while patrolling the fire perimeter. Suppression repair work in the southern and western portions of the fire is primarily focused on erosion control. The fire acreage has been updated to reflect more accurate mapping. Refinements of the fire acreage may continue over the next several days as crews more precisely map the fire perimeter.
- Hand Crews: 12
- Engines: 20
- Dozers: 3
- Water Tenders: 5
- Helicopters: 1
Closures and Fire Restrictions
The area closure surrounding the Cougar Peak Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in place.
Numerous firefighter vehicles and heavy equipment are operating on roads around the fire area. Logging is underway on private lands, and active fire repair and hazard tree removal operations are ongoing. Please use extra caution driving on area roads.
For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.
Fremont-Winema National Forest closure orders can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/fremont-winema/home.