Cougar Creek Fire Update 8/14

Cougar Creek, Lost, Bannock Lakes Whitepine Fires Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Acreage: 31,062 Containment: 5 percent Personnel: 1,205

Community Meeting: Tuesday, August 14: Chelan Performing Arts Center, 215 Webster Ave., 6:00 p.m.

Cougar Creek Fire: Firefighters continued a direct attack Monday on the Cougar Creek Fire. With 300 residential and commercial structures threatened, a structure-protection team stayed on scene along the fire’s eastern edge in Entiat River Valley. No structures have been damaged or destroyed in this fire. “Our crews accomplished a lot Monday and our priority is to hold and secure these areas and keep the fire away from Ardenvoir,” says Deputy Incident Commander Carlton Joseph. Through Monday night, additional crews conducted firing operations to secure line along the southeastern to southwestern perimeter to protect the community of Ardenvoir. No new growth was reported along the northern section of the fire. A firefighter was treated for a rattlesnake bite Monday and is expected to be back on duty Wednesday.

Light winds forecast for Tuesday bring another window of opportunity for firefighters to aggressively attack the fire. Tuesday’s priorities include reinforcing fireline at the Tyee Creek ridge, continuing structure protection, and completing fireline around the Entiat River Valley. Along the southern perimeter, crews will proceed with firing operations between Sugarloaf Peak and the Ardenvoir area along the fire’s southern perimeter. This will strengthen containment lines prior to Wednesday’s anticipated winds.

Lost Fire: Tuesday morning’s infrared flight indicated no growth on the Lost Fire. It is holding at 114 acres and remains in patrol status. Bannock Lakes Fire: This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. The fire is currently around 422 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 three miles south of Stevens Pass Nordic Center and 19 miles northwest of Leavenworth. This lightning-caused fire remains at 10 acres. Weather and Fire Behavior: With the entire Columbia River Basin socked in by smoke from fires in Canada, Idaho, and Washington, firefighters will have longer work windows for firing operations. Smoky conditions will persist today. Wednesday brings breezy conditions with gradual improvements in air quality. Stable air continues as a high-pressure system builds over the fire.

Cougar Creek Fire Evacuations:  Level 3: Means leave now – Entiat River Road north from Mad River Road to the end of Entiat River Road, Ardenvoir, and Mad River Road  Level 2: Means prepare to evacuate – Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon north to Ardenvoir and all of Crum Canyon Road  Level 1: Means be aware of a potential evacuation – Entiat River Road from 97A to Crum Canyon Road, Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road from Hwy 97-ALT to South Lakeshore Road, Johnson Creek Road, and First Creek Road While the goal is to lower evacuation levels as soon as possible, evacuations remain in effect to provide for firefighter and public safety. After Wednesday’s predicted wind event, fire managers, local cooperators, and Chelan City Emergency Management personnel will discuss lowing evacuation levels. Call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863 or visit their Facebook page at An American Red Cross shelter is open at 14916 US 97A in Entiat. The Red Cross can be contacted at 509-663-3907. Traffic Safety: Due to reduced visibility and an increase in firefighting equipment on the road, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has 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).

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: 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 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 - END -

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