Cougar Peak Fire burning northwest of Lakeview
The Cougar Peak Fire was discovered at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, and is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview to the North/Northeast on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview Ranger District.
NW IMT12 is currently managing the Cougar Peak Fire.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management and the Incident Commander have identified areas for evacuations in the fire area.
Area residents and visitors are reminded that Public Use Restrictions are still in effect on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, as well as fire restrictions in effect on neighboring landscapes.
Fire danger remains “Extreme” in Lake and Klamath counties. Extremely dry fuels and seasonal winds can make even a small spark rapidly grow into a large wildfire. These fires can be destructive, resulting in evacuations, damage to property and natural resources, and affects public and firefighter safety.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday September 07th, 2021 approx. 01:45 PM|
|Location||15 miles Northwest of Lakeview, Oregon|
|Incident Commander||Jeff Dimke NWIMT12|
|Coordinates||42.277 latitude, -120.613 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||65%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday October 05th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash
Primary timber fuel types consist of ponderosa pine with grass/brush (TU5), mixed conifer (TL9) at upper elevations, and lodgepole pine and juniper communities of varying density scattered throughout the fire area. Understory is variable, but generally a mix of grass, brush and fir/pine reprod. Non-timbered areas in valley bottoms and to the north and east of the fire consist of short grass (GS 1), and sagebrush (GS2) which has been heavily grazed.
Minimal; Creeping; Smoldering;
Fire behavior potential has increased today with the Red Flag Conditions for winds and low RH. Very isolated interior islands of dirty burns and unburned fuels cleaned up. Most of the fire continued to have minimal fire behavior. Very isolated smoldering in very large ground and surface fuels. Fuel moistures will increase the next couple of days and will be less available to carry fire.
Div-A,C & D:Continue to secure direct line. Patrol
and mop-up as needed. Continue with suppression
Div-P, K & T:Patrol and
complete suppression repair.
EQ Group: Continue to remove hazards trees on major travel routes. Process and deck logs along contingency lines west of Div-A and D. Utilize equipment to assist divisions as needed.
|Projected Incident Activity|
The increased wind on the fire has resulted in additional visible interior smoke in the Cougar Peak Fire and the
Patton Meadow Fire
directly adjacent to the
Cougar Peak Fire.
Due to the increased
wind, resources were
identified for initial
attack if needed.
Suppression repair has begun focusing on erosion control on dozer lines and road repair. Resource orders are being placed
for specialized equipment
to accomplish suppression
Time-out of resources is matching with the glide path of work to be completed except for specialized equipment
for repair and staff
to support them.
Temperatures and winds increased behind an exiting cold front on
today. Temperatures were down 4-6 degrees with highs 70-79. Winds
were southwest 15-25 with gusts 25-35 mph which is just a little lighter
than forecasted. Relative humidity was 13-17 percent. This satisfied the conditions
for a Red Flag Warning.
Monday and Tuesday: The ridge will break down and an upper level low
will move through the region. This will result in 15-30 degrees of
cooling Monday and Tuesday. Highs will be 60-70 on Monday and 45-55
on Tuesday. Winds will be quite Gusty and similar to today. Rain totals 0.10-0.15 will be possible by
Wednesday onward: High pressure will build in behind the exiting trough on Wednesday. Then we expect southwest flow the rest of the week. This will result in temperatures returning to near normal and the
possibility of afternoon showers.