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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 27th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||5 Miles east of East Hope ID|
|Incident Commander||Kelly Tucker T4 IC|
|Coordinates||48.266 latitude, -116.172 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Mixed conifers; timber litter and understory; 2-foot brush
Growth of 5 acres over past week, mainly by smoldering and some creeping in the 1000 hour fuels.
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
|Projected Incident Activity|
Minimal fire behavior projected.
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.