Cougar Creek Fire 25% Contained

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.

Headlines from today’s Washington State Daily Dispatch.

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-na-washington-fire-chief-201508…
http://www.krem.com/…/okanogan-crews-almost–thei…/31960461/
http://www.keprtv.com/…/More-evacuations-as-wildfires-sprea…

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.

Cougar Creek Fire Update 08172015

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.

 

Basic Information

Current as of ?8?/?16?/?2015? ?9?:?23?:?11? ?PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Dave Leitch
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 452
Size 22,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%

 

Downed Power Lines

With hot and dry conditions on both sides of the state, downed power lines are not de-energizing as you may expect. If you come across downed wires:

  • Communicate the hazard and confirm the message is received
  • Identify: Determine the entire extent of the hazard by visually tracking all lines, two poles in each direction, from the downed wire.
  • Isolate: Flag area around down wire hazards; post guard.
  • Deny entry: Delay firefighting actions until hazard identification and flagging is complete and/or confine actions to safe areas.
  • ALWAYS treat downed wires as energized!

We do not have the training / expertise to confirm if lines are de-energized. This takes a representative from the utility company.

Here’s a great training video on electrical hazards in wildland fire –  

Keep an eye on LMS in the future (October 2015) for a State Lands Webinar– Safe Forest Practices Near Power lines

Encourage review of Power line Safety in the IRPG (pages 24-25)