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Cougar Peak Fire

Unit Information

Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Cougar Peak Fire Info
Phone: 541-900-5788

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09/27/2021 Cougar Peak Fire Update September 27, 2021
 COUGAR PEAK FIRE UPDATENORTHWEST INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 12 Incident Commanders: Jeff Dimke and Bobby ShindelarSeptember 27, 2021   The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15...
News - 09/27/2021
Cougar Peak Fire PIO Map for September 26, 2021.Image options: [ Full Size ]

 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday September 07th, 2021 approx. 01:45 PM
Location15 miles Northwest of Lakeview, Oregon
Incident CommanderJeff Dimke NWIMT12
Coordinates42.277 latitude, -120.613 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel828
Size91,730 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained65%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 05th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

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.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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

Tuesday afternoon.

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.