LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Firefighters are continuing to make progress on lining the 230 miles of fire perimeter of the Cougar Peak Fire.
As of Sunday night, the Cougar Peak Fire is estimated to have burned 86,170 acres and is 6% contained.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office telling NewsWatch 12 that four task forces of 16 engines and 4 water tenders are continuing their efforts of securing and prepping structures.
The task forces also worked the fire line on the northeast side by putting in hose lays, mopping up and cold trailing. Fire activity in the area of Willow Springs ranch became active again today, but crews were able to stop forward spread at one acre, saving the last 150 acres of unburned pasture. .
Along the southern edge of the fire, wildland fire resources continue to make great progress putting in hand and dozer line around the fire. Crews are building line as close to the fire’s edge as possible.
Indirect line will be built in areas along the southern and western sides of the fire, due to difficult terrain and dangerous hazard trees. Burnout operations are planned in the future to secure those lines. A small fire camp will be going up in Paisley to support the western side of the fire.
According to fire officials, dozer and hand lines have been completed along most of the eastern side, however, winds over the next couple days are expected to test the eastern edge of the fire. Crews have been working to mop-up hotspots closest to the line in preparation for the expected winds. Great progress has also been made on the southeast corner of the fire, it is now mopped in 25 feet.
With the clear skies and warm temperatures, fuels in the fire area are drying and patches of unburned fuels within the fire perimeter are now burning. Smoke from these areas will be visible. Fire resources will be on the lookout for possible torching and spotting of unburned fuels due to wind changes.