LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Northwest Incident Management Team 12 released an update on the Cougar Peak Fire Sunday, as the fire has now burned 91,730 acres and is 65% contained.
The Cougar Peak Fire is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon. The Incident Command Post at the
Lakeview Fairgrounds is closed to all but essential personnel to help ensure the health and safety of community members and firefighters.
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Sunday afternoon. Strong, gusty winds with low relative humidity and dry
vegetation will increase the spread potential of new and existing fires.
A storm system will move into the area Monday, bringing much cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation Monday night.
Firefighters have been preparing for Sunday's forecast wind event for several days. Emphasis will be placed on patrolling existing line
combined with a readiness to respond to any increase in fire activity or
new fire starts.
Firefighters will also continue to work on mop-up and line construction in the remaining unsecured areas of the fire, including
around Cougar Peak and in the peat bog. Back-haul and repair work will continue, with a strong focus on patrolling and holding containment lines during the Red Flag conditions Sunday afternoon.
Evacuations: The Lake County Sheriff’s Office decreased evacuation levels on September 24. For further information see:
Lake County website at https://www.lakecountyor.org/index.php
Lake County Facebook at @Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906
Interactive map at https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap