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.
Today is NW IMT 12’s last day on the Cougar Peak Fire. The fire will transition back to the local unit tomorrow morning. Thank you to the Lakeview community for your support and hospitality!
Temperatures will cool by a few degrees today and tomorrow but will remain above normal. It will be windy and very dry today, with winds gusting 25-30 mph. A major pattern change will move into the region on Wednesday, bringing much cooler temperatures.
High temperatures and low humidity led to more visible smoke from the interiors of the Cougar Peak and Patton Meadow Fires yesterday, but containment lines on both fires continue to remain secure. On the southern end of the Cougar Peak Fire, crews continued to repair dozer line near Cottonwood Meadow Lake. In the northwest portion of the fire, dozer line repair continued with the help of two excavators, and suppression repair in the area of Moss Pass was completed. Heavy equipment continued to process logs on the eastern side of the fire.
Firefighters will continue to focus on suppression repair today and will work to wrap up repair efforts in several locations, including Cottonwood Meadow Lake and the northwest area of the fire. Patrol and monitoring is ongoing around the fire perimeter. Firefighters are also prepared to assist with new fire starts in the area.
Closures and Fire Restrictions
The Cougar Peak Fire Closure Order on the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in place. The closure order can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/fremont-winema/home. Please respect closure orders and use extra caution while driving and hunting for your safety as well as the safety of our firefighters.
Effective October 1, fire danger level was reduced to “High,” IFPL is a Level II, and Public Use Restrictions were lifted on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and most of the BLM Lakeview District. For the latest restrictions and regulations, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.
While days are getting shorter and temperatures are decreasing, fuels remain dry and current conditions can still carry wildfire quickly. Caution should be used to prevent wildfires.
SIZE: 91,795 acres
Hand Crews: 1
Water Tenders: 1
FIRELINE REPAIRED: 113.8 mi
ROAD REPAIRED: 36.7 mi