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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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Incident Contact

Cougar Peak Fire Info
Email: 2021.cougarpeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-900-5788

Highlighted Activity

10/04/2021 Cougar Peak Fire Update - October 4, 2021
COUGAR PEAK FIRE UPDATE NORTHWEST INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 12 Incident Commanders: Jeff Dimke and Bobby Shindelar October 4, 2021   The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles.
News - 10/04/2021
Firefighters in their bright yellow nomex shirts remove the brush from downed hazard trees. 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. Management of the fire will transition back to the local unit at 06:30AM on October 5. Operations on the fire have mostly transitioned to patrol and suppression repair.

A Closure Order is in effect for the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The closure order can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/fremont-winema/home. Please respect closure orders and use extra caution while driving and hunting for your safety as well as the safety of our firefighters. There are still many firefighters doing repair work, patrolling, falling hazard trees, and moving heavy equipment on roads in and around the fire area.

Fire danger remains “High” in Lake and Klamath counties. While days are getting shorter and temperatures are decreasing, fuels remain dry and current conditions can still carry wildfire quickly. Caution should be used to prevent wildfires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
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 Personnel141
Size91,810 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
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. Areas of light duff and needle cast are present in scattered areas in the burn area.

Significant Events

Minimal; Smoldering;

Windy and dry with a few isolated interior areas of creeping fire behavior. Continued scattered smoldering in large stumps, logs and snags well interior to fire lines.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Div-C is in patrol status.

Div-A: process and deck logs, repair dozer lines.

Div-D: repair dozer lines.

Div-K/P: repair dozer lines. Div-T: process and deck logs and repair dozer lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Windy, dry fuels and low RH, so fire behavior potential remain elevated. Minimal fire behavior is anticipated with internal scattered smoldering and isolated creeping in areas of dirty burn.

24 hours: Minimal fire behavior. Higher temps and Lower RH will decrease fuels moistures of area surface fuels. Winds expected to increase.

48 hours: Minimal fire behavior. Cooler temps and higher RH. Continued smoldering.

72 hours: Minimal fire behavior. Cooler temps and higher RH. Continued smoldering.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire behavior expected. Cooling and wetter forecast with a chance of showers and below average temperatures expected through the extended outlook.

Remarks

Increased acres due to ground verification of firelines.

The fire will be turned over to a IC-4 tomorrow at 0630.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Southwest flow was over the Pacific Northwest again today. However, unlike yesterday there was a weak upper level wave that moved through Oregon early this morning. The wave had enough upper level moisture for a thick high level cloud deck. This kept the temperatures from getting into the upper 70s and low 80s today. Moisture was on the increase at the low and middle stages of the front as well. Dewpoints were up in the middle 20s to lower 30s. This kept the relative humidity in the 20-30 percent range with just a couple sites dropping into the high teens. Southwest winds increased across the region with gusts 25-30 mph quite common.

Tuesday: The ridge will continue to push east as a deep low pressure system takes up position off the Washington coast. Temperatures will be about the same as today. Relative humidity will be mainly from the mid 20 percent to mid 30 percent range. Winds will remain southwest but will be on the increase with wind gust 35-45 mph and locally as high as 50 mph.

For the remainder of the week: The well advertised deep upper level low pressure system will move into the region on Wednesday, with a second low following close behind on Saturday. This will keep cool and unsettled weather over the region through the weekend.