LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Saturday, crews will continue mop-up efforts working the western fire edge with the pre-planned contingency line.
Even stronger southwest winds are forecast, and rain is expected to come in Saturday afternoon.
Air resources are available to help ground resources, although strong gusty winds may ground all helicopters as wind speeds go beyond the safety parameters to fly.
Wind conditions this weekend will support spotting distances of .4 miles but spread rates and flame length will be slightly reduced from Friday.
In the afternoon, 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.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuation levels remain at 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
An interactive map can be found at https://tinyurl.com/InteractiveEvacMap
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cougar Peak Fire. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire, all aircraft are grounded until crews can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
For the latest restrictions and regulations, including Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies, visit https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.