Forecasted strong winds, potentially over 30 mph, beginning early tomorrow are of high concern. These winds could increase current fire activity and cause any new starts to grow quickly.
Cougar Fire (1,237 acres; 90% contained, 160 personnel) – Steady progress is being made as the tedious, but critical process of mopping up hot spots continues. Last night’s infra-red flight shows very little heat near the containment lines, but pockets of intense heat remain deeper within the interior. With the forecasted winds, these pockets are of concern as embers could be carried outside the containment lines. Crews and other resources continue to be slowly released. A Burned Area Emergency Response team currently is assessing the burned area.
The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open but continues to have impaired 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 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 at http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html