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Monday, August 24, 2015

Cougar Fire conducts preemptive Area Burn to better control Fire

BOISE, Idaho – No new fires were reported today in the forest. The Toll Fire, earlier contained at acres, has some personnel there completing mop-up.

The dry and warm weather now may extend through Wednesday, with strengthening southwesterly winds aloft and increasing moisture. 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 rock slides or other complications.

Cougar Fire (832 acres; 48% contained, 419 personnel)  -  Today’s burn operation was successful as the team conducted a small-scale planned burn to exhaust the fuel surrounding the two ‘fingers’ in the fire’s southeastern area. Any future movement of the fire in that direction thus would run out of fresh fuel and would likely extinguish itself. Light winds greatly aided the firefighters.
 
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, orhttp://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a state-wide burn ban. They are requesting that the public curtail campfires and all burning outside of fire suppression activities.