BOISE, Idaho – Cooler weather slows fire activity.
Cougar Fire (1,236 acres; 95% contained, 96 personnel) located about 20 miles northeast of Cascade – Cooler weather resulted in minimal fire activity and that was confirmed by aerial surveillance of the fire area yesterday afternoon. Efforts of the fire crews today will focus on mop up which consists of extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent them from rolling after the area has burned. Rehabilitation work is also underway to repair any disturbances caused by fire suppression activity.
The area closure remains in effect. Be aware of potential hazardous conditions on forest roads. The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open, but the public is asked to drive slowly and use caution as fire vehicles may be using the road. Forest Road 474 (South Fork Salmon River Road) and Forest Road 409 (Clear Creek Road) are open.
When making travel plans throughout the West and Pacific Northwest, check for specific information on road conditions and Forest closures available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov
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