Updated: 7:45 PM Monday, 8-6-2018:
The lightening-caused Cougar Creek fire burning 7.5 miles NE of Plain has now burned approximately 4,418 acres acres in the Mad River area of the Entiat Ranger District. Smoke rising from this fire is visible to the East of Lake Wenatchee and it is anticipated that the fire will burn into the Maverick Saddle/Beaver Creek drainage area. The fire has resulted in closure of the Mad River/Maverick Saddle trail systems, popular to motorcyclists, and also the Tommy Creek trail. Forest Service personnel are traveling these trails advising recreationists to leave the area due to the proximity of the wildfire. Forest visitors are urged to stay off the roads in this area. For more information about these closures please contact the Wenatchee River Ranger Station at 509-548-2550. The fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. A Type 1 Incident Management Team took over management of the fire 8-5-18. The fire slowly grew yesterday. With advantageous weather conditions firefighters intentionally burned vegetation near spot fires west of Tyee Lookout in order to add protection to the wildfire edge. Air operations dropped water near these spot fires as well. Crews worked on reopening Forest Road 5700 to allow better access and opportunities for more direct attack on the fire.
Several helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and 700 firefighters are assigned to this fire. Those helicopters are working the fire out of the Fish Lake airstrip- please avoid that area.
Fire photo: 6:30 PM 8-6-18