LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The emergency closure for the Cougar Peak Fire has been extended through August 31, 2022. The fire area is approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview.
The extension of the closure order, originally scheduled to expire December 31, is to be in alignment with the closure order for the Bootleg Fire. Restoration and rehabilitation efforts for both the Cougar Peak and Bootleg Fires were combined for efficiency and improved coordination. Work is expected to continue in both areas through the spring and summer.
The closure affects National Forest System lands within the Cougar Peak Fire perimeter on the Lakeview and Paisley Ranger Districts of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
The closure area is generally from Cougar Peak and the recreation sites west of Cottonwood Reservoir extending northeast towards Cox Pass and Moss Pass Trailheads and Moss Meadow Campground to the Forest Boundary. A map of the closure area is included in the closure order posted at www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema.
Several recreation sites remain closed within the area, including the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Oregon Timber Trails within the closure area; Cottonwood Creek and Moss Pass Trailheads; and Moss Meadow Campground.
The closure order is formally referenced as 06-02-21-12. It is in effect until conditions allow or August 31, 2022, whichever occurs first. There will be public notifications when the closure order is lifted.
Violations of the closure order are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.
The Cougar Peak Fire was discovered the afternoon of September 7 and burned approximately 91,810 acres before being fully contained October 21.