Cougar Creek, Lost, and Bannock Lakes Fires Some firefighters head for home but suppression repair work continues Monday, September 10, 2018
Cougar Creek Fire: Minimal fire activity continues across all divisions of the fire. Some helicopter bucket work was used to cool a small area on the northeast side of the fire Sunday. Fire suppression repair activities continue, including repair of fire lines, dozer lines and roads. Trees and vegetation that were removed in the construction of fire lines are being chipped and piled. This suppression repair work will continue until the work is complete.
The fire is not yet contained as some fire suppression work remains on the north and northeast portions of the fire. However, a smaller force will be able to address this portion of the fire while fire suppression repair continues. Monday the fire organization is releasing some firefighting resources no longer needed. Tuesday Alan Lawson’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will be turning management of the fire over to a smaller Type 3 team made up primarily of local resources.
Lost Fire and Bannock Lakes Fires: These fires show minimal activity and are being monitored by air.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Another cold front will move through the area on Monday bringing blustery winds. This will bring a mix of sun and clouds but generally dry conditions will continue. A few showers may drift across the northern edge of the fire. Low pressure will settle over the area the rest of the week keeping temperatures cool and humidity high. Fire activity should remained subdued but the larger fuels are still dry and will continue to burn, especially if they are open to the winds. Periods of sun and strong winds will dry fine fuels quickly and grassy areas could burn actively with rapid rates of spread.
Restrictions and Closures: Fire use restrictions are still in place. No campfires are permitted. To ensure public and firefighter safety, many road and trail closures remain in effect. Forest visitors are encouraged to call or visit the local Ranger Station or visit the Forest’s Interactive Forest Closure Map found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices. Closures are in effect in the Tommy Creek, Mad River, Upper Mad River, Potato Creek, and Mud Creek areas. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) also remains closed from Suiattle Pass to High Bridge. The PCT detour is from Suiattle Pass to Stehekin. More information is available at www.pcta.org.
Areas near the Cougar Creek Fire that are open for public use: Fox Creek, Lake Creek, Silver Falls, and Cottonwood campgrounds are open. Shady Pass Road #5900, North Fork Entiat Trailhead, and trails within the Glacier Peak Wilderness area on the Entiat Ranger District are open and accessible. In addition, the Chiwawa River Road, and campgrounds and trails off that road, are open for use.
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