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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Burn out operations help to contain Cougar Fire

The Cougar Fire is now at 1,237 acres as another successful burn out operation was conducted on the north east portion of the fire which successfully tied up that flank of the fire. Hand crews continued to strengthen the containment line along the edge of the fire closest to Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway) as well as mopping up as they go along. There is now a fire line around the entire perimeter of the fire and hose lines surround most of the fire. The fire is now 81% contained and crews and other resources will start to be released so they can support other fires.
 
There will be a community meeting at the North Shore Lodge on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 3:00 pm.  The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open but continues to have low visibility at times due to smoke that is both local and from the two fires north of Cascade. The area closure, west of Warm Lake, remains in effect. The highway could be closed at any time by the Valley County Sheriff if fire activity increases or if there are other complications.
 
A Type 3 incident management team took over the management of the fire this morning. The fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade. Specific information on road conditions and Forest closure is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4541.
 
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place for the Boise National Forest. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited except within an agency-designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure. Further information is available at: Boise National Forest web site, or http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html 
 
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s state-wide burn ban remains in effect. They are requesting that the public curtail campfires and all burning outside of fire suppression activities.