Cougar Creek Fire Update 8/22





Cougar Creek, Lost and Bannock Lakes Fires Wednesday August 22, 2018 Acreage: 39,208 Containment: 40 percent Personnel: 868

Community meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd in Entiat at Chelan County Fire District #8, Station #1 (2200 Entiat Way) at 6:00 p.m.

Cougar Creek Fire: Today, if conditions allow, firefighters will begin low intensity burnout operations along the western edge of the fire. Residence and community members around Plain can expect to see an increase in activity and smoke due to these operations. Winds and smoke moderated yesterday, allowing aircraft to begin flying and using water and retardant to help slow the spread of the fire on both the western edge around Maverick Saddle and the northeastern edge around Grandmas Creek.

Crews will continue to assess structures in the communities of Chiwawa Pines, Shugart Flats and Plain while also continuing to use dozers and other heavy equipment to prepare the secondary containment line above the communities. Structures in the upper Entiat River Valley will also continue to be assessed and additional contingency lines are being identified as a precaution.

Lost Fire: The Lost Fire is being monitored with the assistance of the Distributed Real Time Infrared (DRTI) Flight. Firefighters have mapped the fire at 80 acres.

Bannock Lakes Fire: This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness and is 476 acres in size. The fire is burning among large rocky outcroppings and isolated clusters of timber in steep, inaccessible terrain. It is being monitored by air and satellite. 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 www.pcta.org.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Weather on Tuesday was moderate and smoke cleared the area as winds began to shift back to the west. Humidity recovery was good overnight again in the valleys, but was limited on the ridges. Winds are predicted to increase late in the afternoon as a cold front begins to pass over the area.

Traffic Safety: There is increased traffic in Leavenworth and Plain due to fire resources accessing the west side of the fire. Extra caution and slower speeds are advised.

Cougar Creek Fire Evacuation Levels: Chelan County is implementing Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation notifications on for the Chiwawa Loop Road from Plain out to the intersection with Chiwawa River Road, both sides of the roadway. This includes Chiwawa River Pine Community and Shugart Flats Community and all roads that intersect with the Chiwawa Loop Road in the affected area. Plain is remaining at a Level 1.

Entiat Area Effective at 6:00 pm, Sunday, 8/19/18, the Level 2 notification on the Entiat River Road at Mad River Road will be lowered to Level 1. The area between Crum Canyon and Mad River Road will no longer be under any evacuation level. Level 2 evacuation status will be in place from Stormy Creek MP 16.6 to the end of the Entiat River Rd.

For more information, call the Chelan County Emergency Management at 509-667-6863 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CCSOEM. 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 continues to be a major concern to local 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 www.wasmoke.blogspot.com or https://bit.ly/2J22754 (Spanish). While smoke remains an obstacle for firefighting, air resources are poised to respond should visibility clear enough for safe operations. U.S. Forest Service Closure Orders: · Cougar Creek and Lost Fires: https://bit.ly/2MkmKew · Bannock Lakes Fire: https://bit.ly/2nezyF6 · Whitepine Fire: https://bit.ly/2nesWqg · Area businesses are open. Please consider showing your support by shopping in the local community.

Incident Management Team: 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, Chelan County Fire District 3, 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., Washington Department of Transportation, American Red Cross, Chelan Public Schools, and Chelan Public Works. Australia is assisting with 19 personnel.

Fire Information: Phone: 509-664-9210 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Email: cougarcreekfireinfo2018@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053/ Facebook: facebook.com/CougarCreekFire #WaWildfire#CougarCreekFire Interactive Map: https://bit.ly/2MnFB9j

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