FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2021
Cougar Peak Fire Burning Northwest of Lakeview
LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview Ranger District.
The fire was discovered at 1:45 p.m. and is estimated to be 60 acres and growing rapidly. It is burning in mixed conifer and brush. The fire is threatening Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands.
Cottonwood Campground is located approximately 1.5 miles west of the Cougar Peak Fire. The campground was evacuated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon. Recreation sites in the area are closed, including Upper Cottonwood, as well as Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, due to the fire.
There are multiple air and ground wildland firefighting resources fighting the fire this afternoon and evening, with more on order. Air resources include three heavy air tankers and three helicopters.
Smoke from the fire is highly visible along Oregon State Highway 140 between Lakeview and Quartz Mountain, as well as along U.S. Highway 395. Drivers should use caution in the area due to increased traffic from wildland firefighting equipment.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. today for strong, gusty wind and low relative humidity. Winds are predicted to be 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 35 mph and 5 to 10 percent humidity.
With ongoing extreme fire danger and fuel conditions, even a small spark can quickly grow to become a large wildfire. Everyone is asked to be careful with anything that could spark a wildfire and to report suspected wildfires immediately by calling 911.
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership provides comprehensive wildland fire services to more than eight million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District; Fremont-Winema National Forest; Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath-Lake District; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex; and Crater Lake National Park. The area encompasses federal, state, and private lands within south central Oregon and northwest Nevada.
Oregon Department of Forestry