LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- The Cougar Peak Fire has burned 90,614 acres with 41% containment.
Up to one-third of an inch of rain fell on the fire, dampening exposed fuels and reducing fire intensity. However, it was not enough moisture to keep the fire from continuing to burn. Saturday afternoon, the southwest corner of the fire had a spot fire that firefighters stopped at one-tenth of an acre. Large drought-stricken trees and fuels under thick canopies continued to feed the fires through the afternoon.
Crews will be patrolling for hot spots and preparing unneeded equipment for back-hauling.
Sunday, crews will continue efforts on the western fire edge, working to secure more containment lines. The light rain forecast throughout the day will allow firefighters to do direct line construction on the fire. Weather permitting, air assets are available to assist the ground crews. While the eastern edge has been tested with the winds the last few days, there are still some areas of concern that crews will continue to monitor and, if needed, aggressively attack any spot fires or hot spots.
As the lighter fuel models dry out, wind conditions could support spotting distances of .4 miles. Sunday morning's precipitation and high relative humidity will reduce fire behavior drastically. Fire will be isolated in burning heavy fuels, stump holes, and duff under thick canopy.
An Operational update, by Operations Section Chief Rod Bonacker, can be found on the "Cougar Peak Fire 2021" Facebook page.
There will be Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 evacuations in and around the Cougar Peak Fire. For further information see:
- Lake County website https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php
- Lake County Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906 and an interactive map: https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap
For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.