Cougar Fire (591 acres) – There will be a community meeting, today, Wednesday August 19, at the North Shore Lodge at Warm Lake at 3:00 PM. It will provide an opportunity for citizens to learn more about how the incident team is managing the fire.
Good progress was made last night by firefighters who completed the first phase of an anticipated two day burnout operation. This action is anticipated to better protect Highway 22 by removing fuels between the highway and the main fire. The second burnout operation is planned to start this early evening. Smoke may increase to the point where a pilot car might be required. Forecasted winds today are anticipated to be helpful as they will push the west flank fire into itself, helping firefighters work more directly near the fire. The fire, about 20 miles northeast of Cascade, is 27% contained and is being fought by nearly 300 personnel.
Warm Lake Highway 22 remains open at this time. The area closure, west of Warm Lake, remains in effect. The Valley County Sheriff reminds folks the highway could be closed at any time due to increased fire activity.
West Scriver Fire (607 acres) – The fire is 80% contained. Firefighters plan to continue mopping up hot spots further into the fires interior. Their goal is to ensure the fire is fully contained before releasing fire crews and equipment to other fires. The Incident Management Team is also leading suppression efforts on the Rapid Fire south of McCall. Crews will continue to work the north flank which is challenging due to steep terrain. Firefighters build trenches in some areas to check rolling hot material from going below containment lines. The fire, located about 10 miles north of Crouch is not threatening structures. However, it has burned very close to the West Scriver Stewardship Project, which is a large scale effort to improve forest health and reduce fuels that could lead to uncharacteristic intense fires. Approximately 300 personnel are on the fire with 2 hotshot crews, 7 Type 2 crews, 2 engines and 3 helicopters.