LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Fire managers on the Cougar Peak Fire continue to work in unified command and are closely coordinating with local agencies, resources, and community partners to contain flames.
Since Saturday morning, the fire has grown just under 300 acres and remains 0% contained.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces completed a structural damage assessment Saturday and found four structures and six outbuildings were burned. At this time, the damage assessment team believes all impacted structures have been located, but that number could change as further assessments are completed, or fire behavior changes.
The heel of the fire has not changed over the past two days. Cooler weather, light winds and better visibility allowed resources to make substantial progress Saturday to lay hose and start mop up near roads, hand-lines and dozer lines.
The west side of the fire is in difficult terrain with limited access. Natural hazards, including drought, weakened trees and powder dry soil. Crews are evaluating possible opportunities in this area to tie into road systems and establish indirect containment lines. When completed, strategic firing operations will be conducted.
On the head of the fire, the majority of sagebrush and shrubs in this area were consumed during the intense wind event. Currently, very little heat remains. Firefighters are cold-trailing to reduce the impacts to remaining vegetation on these key grazing lands and further the containment on this portion of the fire.
On the eastern flank, a line has been constructed. Short pieces of line remain to be built today to tie together the entire flank.
Fire behavior Sunday consists of consumption of light surface fuels under protected canopies and of heavy fuels with single to small group torching. Drought and fire weakened trees will be impacted by the forecasted winds.
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 or the Lake County Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.
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