ENTIAT (August 1, 2018: 8:00 am)
Current Activity: The Cougar Creek fire is located 20 miles northwest of Entiat. The fire continues to burn in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. Yesterday, crews continued building containment lines around the fire. Crews also are working to improve the existing lines from previous fires in the area. Crews have been monitoring the fire from viewpoints and tracking fire behavior. Forecasted winds are expected to push the fire to the south-southeast. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to arrive later in the week.
Last night, crews were sent to the Navarre Coulee fire to support local agencies with initial attack. Crews, engines and overhead worked through the night assisting the local agencies.
Community Meeting: There will be a community meeting held tonight, 6:00 pm at the Entiat Fire Station #8 in Entiat.
Evacuations: A Level 1 Fire Advisory took affect July 31st for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is not affected. Level 1 means to be aware of fires in the area and be "Get Ready" incase a higher level of evacuation is issue.
Closures on the Entiat Ranger District:
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Cougar Creek fire area restricting public access for aircrafts including drones. The public is reminded that all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, which inhibits their ability to do critical fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.
Smoke: The Cougar Creek fire may have a visible smoke column that can be seen for miles. Smoke may filter into surrounding communities. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit: wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Incident Management Team: Northwest Interagency Incident Managment Team 11