Cougar Creek Fire Update 9/12





Cougar Creek, Lost, and Bannock Lakes Fires Fire management continues to "right-size" Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fire Management: Randy Whitehall’s Type 3 Team took over command of the fires at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening. Type 3 Teams are smaller organizations with less Incident Command System positions filled. This change reflects the decreasing complexity and fire behavior across the fire area. The majority of Whitehall’s Team are firefighters from the Entiat-Wenatchee-Leavenworth area and are intimately familiar with local topography and fuels. The Incident Command Post at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery is being dismantled and the fire will be managed out of the Entiat Ranger Station. Lawson’s Northwest Incident Management Team 10 will be headed home for a well-deserved rest after two weeks on the fires. The local cooperating agencies thank them for their great work.

Cougar Creek Fire: Some light rain fell across the fire area on Tuesday afternoon. The fire showed no perimeter growth on Tuesday. Firefighters and equipment assisted by local resource specialists continued repair and rehabilitation of the fire suppression work. Logging equipment is processing and moving heavy fuels dropped during suppression activities to concentration areas. Uncontained portions of the fire perimeter are being patrolled by ground and air resources. A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) will continue working on the fire today. Their job is to determine if there is emergency stabilization work required to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources.

Lost Fire: This fire shows minimal activity and is being monitored by air.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Cool temperatures, high humidity and a chance for showers will continue across region. Winds are forecasted to be light and from the northwest. A slight chance of a thunderstorm is possible on Wednesday afternoon. The existing weather conditions are not conducive to active fire behavior.

Restrictions and Closures: Fire use restrictions are still in place. No campfires are permitted. To ensure public and firefighter safety, some 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.

Acreage: 42,712 Containment: 79 percent Personnel: 84 Cause: Lightning Incident Mgt Team: Whitehall's Okanogan-Wenatchee Team (Type 3) Phone: 509-664-9210 Email: cougarcreekfireinfo2018@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6053 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cougarcreekfire Sign up for Daily Updates: https://bit.ly/2sRTpMp


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