Cougar Creek, Lost and Bannock Lakes Fires Friday, September 7, 2018
Smoke expected to decrease and cold front with potential for rain on the way Cougar Creek Fire: The fire began by smoldering and creeping in the northwest corner of the fire on Thursday morning. In the afternoon, the fire made a run up a ridge south of Jimmy Creek, producing a smoke column visible from Fish Lake to just north of Plain. At this time, there is no concern of major fire movement, but a helicopter will fly over the area this morning to verify conditions. Firefighters patrolled hand line near Signal Peak, and the line continues to hold. Mop up operations, infrared imaging to find hot spots, and patrolling are continuing along completed line on the western perimeter. The southern and eastern areas of the fire are secure, and firefighters are conducting mop up, backhaul, and repair work, such as road grading. The Fish Lake Helibase will close at the end of shift on Friday. Moving forward, air support will be provided out of the Central Washington Interagency Coordination Center (CWICC) in Wenatchee if needed.
Lost Fire: The Lost Fire has been held at 80 acres. Containment lines are complete. The fire will continue to be monitored by air using infrared imagery and aerial reconnaissance.
Bannock Lakes Fire: The Bannock fire remains at 497 acres. This fire is creeping among rocky outcrops and isolated groups of timber in steep, inaccessible terrain. It is being monitored by infrared imagery and aerial reconnaissance.
Weather and Fire Behavior: It was a warm and very dry day across the Central Cascades on Thursday. Warm and dry conditions will continue into Friday ahead of an approaching cold front. Light terrain-driven winds will increase from the south during the afternoon, then switch to the west/northwest with the cold front passage, and become gusty overnight. There is a chance for very light rain showers, and an outside threat for a stray thunderstorm. The majority of smoke in nearby areas is from Okanogan County and British Columbia fires, though the Cougar Creek Fire contributed some smoke Thursday afternoon. Friday will be hazy and smoky in the morning and improve as the day progresses.
Evacuations: All Level 1 “Get Ready” alerts have been lifted.
Restrictions and Closures: Fox Creek, Lake Creek, Silver Falls, and Cottonwood campgrounds are reopened. Shady Pass Road #5900, North Fork Entiat Trailhead, and trails within the Glacier Peak Wilderness area on the Entiat Ranger District will also be open and accessible. In addition, the Chiwawa River Road, and campgrounds and trails off that road, will be open for use.
To ensure public and firefighter safety, road and trail closures remain in effect in the Tommy Creek, Mad River, Upper Mad River, Potato Creek, and Mud Creek areas. Visitors are encouraged to call the local ranger station or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/. 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
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