US Forest Service — Fremont-Winema National Forest
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview Updated: 3 hours, 29 mins ago
Cougar Peak Fire burning northwest of Lakeview
The Cougar Peak Fire was discovered at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, and is currently burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Lakeview to the North/Northeast on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview Ranger District.
NW IMT8 is managing the Cougar Peak Fire.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management and the Incident Commander have identified areas for Evacuations in the fire area.
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Area residents and visitors are reminded that Public Use Restrictions are still in effect on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, as well as fire restrictions in effect on neighboring landscapes.
Fire danger remains “Extreme” in Lake and Klamath counties. Extremely dry fuels and seasonal winds can make even a small spark rapidly grow into a large wildfire. These fires can be destructive, resulting in evacuations, damage to property and natural resources, and affects public and firefighter safety.
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 1:45 PM PDT
15 miles Northwest of Lakeview, Oregon
Kevin Stock NWIMT8
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet) Medium Logging Slash
Primary timber fuel types consist of ponderosa pine with grass/brush (TUS), mixed conifer (TL9) at upper elevations, and lodgepole pine and juniper communities of varying density scattered throughout the fire area. Understory is variable, but generally a mix of grass, brush and fir/pine reprod. Non-timbered areas in valley bottoms and to the north and east of the fire consist of short grass (GS 1), and sagebrush (GS2) which has been heavily grazed.
Active, Backing, Torching, Smoldering
Narrative: Expected high winds the next couple of days will test containment lines and mop-up operations completed to date. New ignitions outside the line have potential to grow with rapid rates of spread.
Provide Rural Structure Protection. Contain spotting resulting from high winds of previous burn period. Reinforce, secure, mop up & patrol existing lines in all Divisions. Continue construction and prep of contingency lines on the west flank. Continue cold trailing in the north end grass and sage fuels. Continue to prep for firing operations & scout opportunities to go more direct on west flank.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Moderate humidity recoveries and consistent high winds will allow for active ground fire, torching and spotting overnight.
24 hours: High winds along with continued drying and low humidities will allow for active ground fire with high rates of spread in the sagebrush on the north and east side of the fire. Single and group torching likely. Short upslope runs likely. High probability of ignition up to .4 miles.
48 hours: Projected rains should reduce fire potential for several days.
72 hours: Projected rains should reduce fire potential for several days.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Longer term projections will be dependent on the quantity of rain received.
Southwest winds along ridgetops of 15-20 mph with gusts around 30-35 mph developed this afternoon. The combination of winds and low relative humidity in the 10-20% range followed by poor overnight recoveries at higher elevations allowed for elevated fire weather conditions through the afternoon. Warmer temperatures were observed with highs in the lower 70s at higher elevation to lower 80s in valleys. A few late afternoon clouds rolled in ahead of a Pacific storm system that is expected to bring rain to the area over the weekend.
A Pacific storm system and cold front will bring stronger winds to the area Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon with southwest winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Rain showers are expected to begin early Saturday afternoon, increase in coverage late Saturday afternoon through Saturday night. Winds will remain gusty Sunday as rain tapers off through the day. Rain totals are expected to range from 0.33-0.50 inches across the fire area by Sunday night. Temperatures will be well below normal in the 50s Sunday with low temperatures Monday morning dropping into the 20s in valleys. Lighter winds and a warming and drying trend are expected Monday and Tuesday with another weak cold front moving through the area by midweek.
Cougar Peak Fire Info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 541-900-5788
Fire Unit Information
Fremont-Winema National Forest U.S. Forest Service 1301 S. G St. Lakeview, OR 97630