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Cougar Creek

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INCIDENT UPDATED 9/15/2015

Approximate Location

46.134 latitude, -121.374 longitude

Incident Overview

Cougar Creek PIO Map 2015-09-04

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GLENWOOD, WA –

Firefighters continue to focus on mop-up and suppression repair on all divisions of the fire today. The warmer weather is aiding firefighters in locating and extinguishing hot spots within the containment lines, reducing any threat to the line.


A warming and drying trend continues today as a ridge builds over the region. Temperatures will get warmer, winds will increase, and humidity levels will decrease. Weather for Wednesday will feature breezy, dry and unstable conditions. As the weekend approaches a trough is expected to bring cooler and more humid conditions.


Many post fire surveys will be generated by a team of scientists. The BAER assessment team generates a “Soil Burn Severity” map by using satellite imagery which is then validated and adjusted by BAER team field surveys to assess watershed conditions and watershed response to the wildfire. The map identifies areas of soil burn severity by categories of low/unburned, moderate, and high which corresponds to a projected increase in watershed response.


The BAER team presents these findings and treatment recommendations to Agency Supervisors in an assessment report that identifies immediate and emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural-heritage and critical natural resources.

In most cases, only a portion of the burned area is actually treated. Severely burned areas, steep slopes, places where water run-off will be excessive, fragile slopes above homes, businesses, municipal water supplies, and other valuable facilities are focus areas and described in the BAER assessment report as values-at-risk.


Type III Management team Joe Wyatt will work with the outgoing team to exchange crucial information, strategize and transfer key logistical needs today. Official transition to the new team will occur Wednesday morning at 6:00 AM.

Closures in effect to minimize risks to public safety: DNR - All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation Nation lands are closed to the public, except enrolled members. Burned areas remain closed until further notice. USFS The Mount Adams Wilderness closure has been rescinded. Please click on the Closure tab to review reduced closure on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginMonday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident CommanderMike Wakoski
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel440
Size53,523 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday September 15th, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), light logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in portions of fire.

Significant Events

Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping. Minimal surface spread due to high relative humidity and cloud cover.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Today firefighters will continue mopping up and improving the strength of existing containment lines. Crews are also focused on completing a small portion of containment line on the north end of the fire in an area of heavy fuels and large timber.

Projected Incident Activity

No forward fire spread is expected. Fire is expected to burn in the pockets of the interior islands.

Remarks

Type III Management team Joe Wyatt will work with the outgoing team to exchange crucial information, strategize and transfer key logistical needs today. Official transition to the new team will occur Wednesday morning at 6:00 AM.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Firefighters continue to focus on mop-up and suppression repair on all divisions of the fire today. The warmer weather is aiding firefighters in locating and extinguishing hot spots within the containment lines, reducing any threat to the line

Unit Information

Washington State: Southeast

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