Morning update Cougar Creek Fire
Fire Officials report the Cougar Creek wildfire located 20 miles northwest of Entiat has doubled in size to 803 acres. There is currently 0% containment according to PIO Norma Brock. Officials have scheduled a community information meeting on Wednesday (8/1/18) at 6 p.m. at the Entiat Fire Station #8. The fire, which started on July 28th, has produced a smoke column that is visible for miles. It is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. Brock indicated the fire is moving toward the footprint of the 1994 Tyee Fire Complext, which will actually benefit fire fighting efforts. “Crews can use old access points and control lines from the Tyee Fire rather than having to develop fresh ones,” she said.
Brock also reported that a Type 1 Team will be moving into the area, possibly by the end of the week. “These teams have more people and more resources,” said Brock. She indicated the Type 1 Team has been requested because of the complexity of this fire as well as the number of other fires in the area. “Type 1 teams can handle larger, more complex fires and multiple events.”
As of Tuesday, there was a level 1 Fire Advisory for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is not affected. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Cougar Creek fire area restricting public access for aircrafts including drones. The public is reminded that all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted with the TFR, which inhibits their ability to do critical fire suppression efforts. Flying with the TFR is prohibited and against the law.
Current Road & Trail Closures (this list will be upated as conditions change)
Forest Service Road #6101 is closed from Deer Camp to Maverick Saddle Forest Service Road #5200 is closed from French Corral To Maverick Saddle Alder Ridge Trail #1523 is closed above the Faultline Road #6104 (where the seasonal closure begins) Chikamin Tie Trail #1561.1 is closed above Forest Service Road #6210 Closures on the Entiat Ranger District: Upper Mad River Trail System Tommy Creek Trail Smoke: A large smoke column from the Cougar Creek fire is visible from several communities in the area. Smoke may filter into surrounding communities. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com. LakeChelanNow will update this story as new information is received.
Updates from the Cougar Creek Fire can also be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053/