Cougar Creek Fire Update 8/19

Cougar Creek, Lost and Bannock Lakes Fires Sunday, August 19, 2018 Acreage: 36,664 Containment: 35 percent Personnel: 1,070

Cougar Creek Fire: Smoke continued to be heavy across the fire area on Saturday, decreasing the activity during the daytime and limiting aircraft availability. When aircraft were able to fly they continued to check fire spread in the Grandma Creek area on the Northern side of the fire. Firefighters continued to monitor and mop up south-eastern corner in the Entiat Valley. The western side of the fire was exposed to East and Northeasterly winds, increasing the activity. Overnight firefighters saw a significant increase in fire activity along Miners Ridge on the western side of the fire.

Today, additional crews will work on the fire’s southern and western edges, working to contain westerly fire spread and continuing to prepare the area for low intensity burnout operations that will continue when conditions allow. Contingency lines are also being prepared from the fire’s western edge north toward the Lost Fire with mechanical equipment and dozer lines. Crews will continue to mop-up, hold and patrol contained fire edge in the Entiat Valley as well as use aviation to prevent fire growth around Grandma Creek.

During operations yesterday, there was a single vehicle accident, involving a water tender rollover on the 6101 road of the Cougar Creek Fire. Incident personnel and emergency responders extracted the driver from the crash site and transported the patient to Confluence Health, Central Washington Hospital. The individual’s family has been notified and he is reported to be awake and in good spirits.

Lost Fire: With the assistance of the Distributed Real Time Infrared (DRTI) Flight, leadership will be able to continue to monitor the Lost Fire. During yesterday’s flight they identified a spot outside of the containment line for the Lost Fire and were able to use air resources to quell that spot. The acreage remains at 114.

Bannock Lakes Fire: This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. The fire is currently around 444 acres and is being monitored by incident leadership. It is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep, inaccessible terrain. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is closed from Suiattle Pass to High Bridge. The PCT detour is from Suiattle Pass to Stehekin. More information and a map is available at

Weather and Fire Behavior: Winds have shifted and are expected to blow from the East and Northeast throughout the day. Smoke will continue to be heavy across the area. Trees burning on the northern sections are well sheltered, but still expected to show action within the interior of the perimeter. Sections of the fire that have not been exposed to winds will be susceptible to burning today.

Traffic Safety: Expect a continued increase in both firefighter and public traffic in Leavenworth and Plain as we head into the weekend. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has also lowered the speed limit to 25 MPH on Entiat River Road between Mad River Road and to the end of the road (approximately near milepost 25).

Cougar Creek Fire Evacuation Levels: Entiat River Road north from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road, Ardenvoir, and Mad River Road: Level 2. Although roadblocks will not be staffed, deputies will patrol the valley and strictly enforce the lower speed limit of 25 mph. Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon north to Ardenvoir and all of Crum Canyon Road: Level 2 to Level 1.

For more information, call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863 or visit their Facebook page at An American Red Cross shelter, at 14916 US 97A in Entiat, is on standby. The Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907.

Smoke: Smoke from the Cougar Creek Fire continues to affect surrounding communities. Individuals with respiratory problems are encouraged to acquire N95 masks. These masks are available at local fire stations, provided by the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. For more information on smoke and public health, go to or (Spanish).

U.S. Forest Service Closure Orders: · Cougar Creek and Lost Fires: · Bannock Lakes Fire: · Whitepine Fire: · Area businesses are open. Please consider showing your support by shopping in the local community.

Incident Management Team: The Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 (Type 1) continues to work closely with cooperators from the US Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Entiat Rural Fire District 8, Peshastin Rural District 6, Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Department of Emergency Management, Chelan County Public Utility Dept., WA Dept. of Transportation, American Red Cross, Chelan Public Schools, and Chelan Public Works.

Fire Information: Phone: 509-664-9210 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Email: Inciweb: Facebook: #WaWildfire#CougarCreekFire

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