The Cougar Creek fire near Mount Adams is now 25 percent contained after fire lines held throughout Friday evening, according to an official update this morning.
The fire, burning about 6 miles northwest of the city of Glenwood, was estimated to be 25,000 acres as of this morning.
After gusts of wind up to 23 mph Friday, today’s forecast calls for wind only as high as 7 mph and high temperatures of 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The first started by lightning on Aug. 10 and has been burning in an area full of timber, logging slash and grass.
Those headlines are from today’s Washington State Daily Dispatch. They point to the extremely serious nature of where we stand, state-wide and locally, when it comes to available resources to combat fire. Here at home we are currently in pretty fair shape, but that could change in an instant. Locally KCFD3 still has two units assigned to the Cougar Creek Fire on Mt. Adams; White Salmon and Appleton both have a unit on the same incident and Appleton answered the call to Chelan more than three days ago. Our residents are to be thanked for their support, vigilance and awareness.
GLENWOOD, Wash. – Morning mist, cooler temperatures and calmer winds helped slow the spread of the Cougar Creek Fire and allowed firefighting crews to bring 15 percent of the line under containment. The fire grew 200 acres Sunday to 22,500 acres. Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #5 is focusing line building efforts Monday on the southeast finger of the fire to pinch off the front that was advancing toward Glenwood. Resources are also being directed to the north end of the fire to keep it from reaching Big Muddy Creek. Preservation of an irrigation flume off Bacon Creek on the east remains a priority. Heavy use of air resources will continue as weather allows. Crews were able to preserve a snowmobile shed at Island Camp and a wooden domestic water supply structure. Smoke continues to linger low in the air south of the fire, with reports of hazy skies as far as White Salmon. Fire staff will brief the public on the fire with a meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Trout Lake School, 2310 Hwy. 141. Residents north of Ladiges Road remain under a Level 1 evacuation from the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office. The Level 1 notice advises residents to be alert of the fire’s activity.
KCFD3 has a water tender and a brush engine deployed to the fire.