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FireWatch: Cougar Peak Fire burns 85,901 acres, 0% contained

Firefighters will be looking at opportunities for indirect burning operations in the next few days while weather conditions are favorable to do so.

Posted: Sep 11, 2021 10:35 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2021 10:40 AM

LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Saturday, firefighters are scouting and prepping a line, continuing north up the west side of the fire in anticipation of drying fuels for burn operations in the area.

Fire behavior was relatively quite Friday, according to fire officials due to significant rainfall.

On the north portion, crews are tying in light fuels in the valley to minimize impacts, and cold trailing. On the east flank, dozers and crews are constructing direct line to protect additional private timber land.

Moving south on the east flank, direct line is also being constructed to tie into the previously constructed line in the south to secure the fire’s edge.

Firefighters will be looking at opportunities for indirect burning operations in the next few days while weather conditions are favorable to do so. There was minimal fire growth reported Friday and the increase is likely from burning that happened prior to the rain.

Key focuses for firefighters Saturday will be mopping up near structures on the eastern and northeastern flanks of the fire. Crews will also be working today to assess homes on the west side of the fire.

Another key focus for structural firefighters will be the protection of critical infrastructure on Round Mountain. The mountain is home to FFA communication, internet and cellular tower services that are vital to the area.

Low fire behavior is expected through all fuel types with creeping surface fire and single or small group torching under protected canopies in timber. Afternoon spread will be possible in light fuels by late afternoon.

Information Websites:
Facebook: “Cougar Peak Fire 2021”
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/
Air Quality: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

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