COUGAR CREEK FIRE COMMAND NOW UNDER CALIFORNIA INCIDENT TEAM 5

 

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Not what Chelan wants to see this year. This image was taken from Chelan of the Tyee Fire as it came over the mountains into the Chelan Valley.
Photo by © Richard Uhlhorn in 1994.

by Richard Uhlhorn

The Cougar Creek Fire 20 miles up the Entiat Valley has grown to approximately 4,224 acres and is now under the management of California’s Interagency Team 5 as of 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Significant events are active group tree torching, flanking and uphill runs with rates of spread from 200 to1650 feet per hour on short uphill runs.

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Uphill runs are common in back country wildfires, particularly during the afternoon and evening hours. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in the same location as the 1994 Tyee Fire when this image was taken.
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© 2018 Richard Uhlhorn

Current weather concerns include the chance of thunderstorms and warmer and drier weather next week.

The projected Incident activity for the next 72 hours is for moderately active fire behavior picking up during the afternoon hours with a slight increase in fire behaviou as the relative humidity values lower down to around 30 percent on the firelines.

Currently there are 531 personnel assigned to this incident.

The fire is moderately active with interior and unburned fuels igniting during afternoon and early evening hours. Crews, engines and helicopters are working around established fire lines to help check further fire spread. Additional crews and helicopters are on order.

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