The weather will remain dry and warm through Tuesday, 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 plan continues to take advantage of natural and man-made features, including burn scars, vegetation treatments and terrain features, to gradually increase containment. Light winds are benefiting crews that have been shoring-up hand lines around the fire’s perimeter. There will be a community meeting at the North Shore Lodge on Wednesday, August 27, at 3 pm. Everyone is invited.
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 has issued a state-wide burn ban. They are requesting that the public curtail campfires and all burning outside of fire suppression activities.