Cougar Creek Fire Update 8/12

Cougar Creek, Lost, Bannock Lakes Whitepine Fires Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cougar Creek Fire Acreage: 26,695 (7,318-acre increase) Containment: 5 percent Personnel: 1,190

Cougar Creek Fire: Fire growth continued yesterday and into the evening as vegetation, winds and topographic features came into alignment. The result was expansion of the fire to the east of Entiat Road. Today these spot fires on the east side of Entiat Road are prioritized and will be addressed by fire resources on the ground as well as the air. Dozer work will be initiated today near Potato Creek road to tie in with the road systems in that area. Windy conditions yesterday grounded aircraft but today they will be able to be utilized. Another priority today will be closing the southeast corner of the fire as firefighters prepare to burn out and secure this area, preventing further spread to the southeast and protecting Ardenvoir. One additional priority will be to come down from the area of Grandma Creek to address the upper eastern portion of the fire. Two hand crews in the area of Grandma Creek have been spiked out and have done a tremendous job preventing further spread of the fire to the north and east and aggressively suppressing the fire directly but safely. No structures have been damaged or destroyed. This is a direct reflection of the excellent work by firefighters and those involved with structure protection groups.

Lost Fire: Firefighters will fly into the Lost Fire today, patrol the fire perimeter by foot, and address any areas of concern. They will camp overnight if necessary to hold on to containment. The Lost Fire remains stable at 114 acres.

Bannock Lakes Fire: This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. The fire is currently 400 acres. 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 Aerial observers continue to monitor the fire.

Whitepine Fire: The Whitepine Fire, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is approximately 3 miles south of Stevens Pass Nordic Center and 19 miles northwest of Leavenworth. This lightning-caused fire remains small and is being regularly monitored from the air.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A marine layer will be over the fire this morning contributing to higher humidity and cooler temperatures. The northwesterly wind pattern will continue; however, wind speeds will be significantly less than those experienced on Saturday. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid 80s. Expect to see smoke today generated both by the fire and a planned burn out operation. Wind and numerous downed trees and standing snags from the 1994 Tyee Fire are fueling the fire’s spread. A warming trend is setting up again for the next week. No thunderstorm activity is forecast for the area.

Evacuations: * New... Level 1 is now in place for residents on Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road (from Hwy97-ALT to South Lakeshore Road); Johnson Creek Road and First Creek Road Level 3: Ardenvoir including Mad River Road plus Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road Level 2: Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon north to Ardenvoir, as well as all of Crum Canyon Road Level 1: Entiat River Road from US 97A to Crum Canyon Road

Level 3 means leave now. Level 2 means residents need to be ready to evacuate. For specific questions regarding evacuations please call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863 or visit their Facebook page at With the Level 3 evacuation place, an American Red Cross 14916 US 97A Entiat Washington, is open to evacuees. Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907.

Smoke: Smoke from the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires continues to be visible from 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: California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is managing the fire out of the Incident Command Post located at the Entiat School. The team is working 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 & Rescue, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and Chelan County Department of Emergency Management.

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

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