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Cougar Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Cougar Fire is located south of Jost Creek and north of Porcupine Lake, approximately 5 miles east of Hope, Idaho. The fire was started on July 27, 2018 by lightning. The fire is currently in patrol and monitor status. Smoke will continue to be visible from isolated hot spots. Command of the fire transferred to a Type 3 team on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 a.m.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 27th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
Location5 Miles east of East Hope ID
Incident CommanderKelly Tucker T4 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.266 latitude, -116.172 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size7,871 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifers; timber litter and understory; 2-foot brush

Significant Events

Growth of 5 acres over past week, mainly by smoldering and some creeping in the 1000 hour fuels.


Planned Actions

Assess operational and suppression repair needs with forecasted weather. Monitor DIV Z remotely, using air resources as

necessary to slow fire advancement if it threatens identified containment lines and areas. Maintain area closure/maintain

road and trail closures. Coordinate with ERFO and Western Federal Lands for infrastructure repair in Lightning, Rattle and

Wellington Creeks.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior projected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Precipitation this week has reduced fire spread potential. Isolated showers with low overnight temperatures and shorter burn periods resulted in low potential for additional growth. Another system this weekend will bring

cooler temps with additional precipitation expected and potential for snow

showers in the higher elevations.

Recent Articles

Sept. 10 Fire Update News - 9/10/2018
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