Cougar Creek Fire Level 1 Evacuations in Place; Smoke Column Visible for Miles

Image taken from a viewpoint overlooking the Cougar Creek Fire.
Editor's Note: There will be a community meeting tonight, 6:00 pm at the Entiat Fire Station #8 in Entiat. Community members will have the opportunity to hear about fire updates and ask questions.
ENTIAT (July 31, 2018: 7:30 pm)
  • Acres: 803
  • Containment: 0%
  • Location: 20 miles northwest of Entiat
  • Start Date: July 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm            
  • Cause: Unknown
Current Activity: Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 11 (NWT11) led by Bob Johnson, Incident Commander, assumed command of the Cougar Creek fire on July 31 at 6:00 am. The Cougar Creek fire is located 20 miles northwest of Entiat. The fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain.
Evacuations: As of noon today, 7/31/18, there is a Level 1 Fire Advisory 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.
Closures: Forest Service Road #6101 is closed from Deer Camp to Maverick Saddle
Forest Service Road #5200 is closed from French Corral To Maverick Saddle
Alder Ridge Trail #1523 is closed above the Faultline Road #6104 (where the seasonal closure begins)
Chikamin Tie Trail #1561.1 is closed above Forest Service Road #6210
Closures on the Entiat Ranger District: 
Upper Mad River Trail System 
Tommy Creek Trail
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: A large smoke column from the Cougar Creek fire is visible from several communities in the area. Smoke may filter into surrounding communities. For more information on smoke and public health, please visit:
Fire Information:
Fire Information Center: 303-921-5818
#WaWildfire #CougarCreekFire
Incident Management Team: Northwest Interagency Incident Managment Team 11

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