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Cougar Creek Fire

Unit Information

Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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Incident Contact

Cougar Creek Fire
Phone: 509-664-9210
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Highlighted Activity

08/20/2018 August 20, 2018 Fire Updates Cougar Ck, Lost & Bannock Lakes (Eng/Spanish)
Acreage: 38,023 Containment: 35 percent Personnel: 1,070 A community fire information briefing is planned for 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Plain Community Church, 12565 Chapel Drive in Plain,...
News - 08/20/2018
Map showing the perimeter and containment for Cougar Creek and Lost FiresImage options: [ Full Size ]

On Saturday, additional crews will work on the fire’s southern edge from the Sugar Loaf Lookout area to Gold Ridge, continuing to prepare the area for low intensity burnout operations that will continue when conditions allow. Contingency lines are also being prepared from the fire’s western edge north toward the Lost Fire with mechanical equipment, chipping, and dozer lines. Crews will continue to mop-up, hold and patrol contained fire edge in the Entiat Valley as well as use aviation to prevent fire growth around Grandma Creek.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSaturday July 28th, 2018 approx. 09:15 PM
Location12 miles northwest of Ardenvior, 7.5 miles northeast of Plain and 20 miles northwest of Entiat, Washington
Incident CommanderIC: Noel Livingston and Deputy IC: Ed Lewis
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates47.851 latitude, -120.549 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel967
Size37,775 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Regeneration growth and heavy accumulations of vegetation on the ground are from the 1994 fires. There is also significant standing dead from previous fire mortality and beetle kill. The fire east of the Entiat Valley was carried in predominately short grass.

Significant Events

Fire is primarily backing and flanking. Heavy surface fuels are contributing to isolated and group tree torching in areas of advanced vegetative regeneration.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Secure spot fire west of primary on the south and west flank. Continue to prepare and burn-out primary lines in order to reduce fire spread. Continue to prepare secondary lines.

On the north end of the fire, continue to scout opportunities for control lines. Continue with structure assessment and preparation in and around structures.

On the east flank, continue to hold, mop-up, and secure perimeter around Entiat Valley.

Projected Incident Activity

24 Hours: Fire growth is expected to be moderate/high with the potential for active head fire progressing toward containment lines as winds switch to east/northeast.

48 hours: Fire growth is expected to temporarily moderate with slight cooling and higher nighttime relative humidity. Winds are expected to switch to come from the south and could contribute to fire spreading to the north in areas of unchecked fire edge.

72 Hours: A southerly wind could be setting up again and will push the more active edges of the fire back into the main fire.

Remarks

Acreage by fire:

Cougar Creek: 36,719

Lost Fire: 114

Bannock Lakes: 444

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today saw poor RH recovery in the morning with minimum RH around 30-40%. Winds were light in the valleys and upslope/upvalley. Closer to the ridge tops east-northeast winds between 5 and 10 mph persisted.

A surge of stronger winds will come from the east-northeast. These winds combined with lower relative humidity will push weather concerns into the critical category. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Monday through Monday night.

Sunday will see stronger northeast winds, maintaining smoky conditions and poor visibility. RH will be lower but an unstable atmosphere will support isolated thunderstorms over higher terrain near the fire which could produce erratic outflow winds.