Here is the morning update from the U.S. Forest Service on fires in our greater Lake Wenatchee area. These two fires are very visible to the East/Northeast of the lake.
There will be a community meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Plain Community Church in Plain where members of California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 will provide an update on the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires.
Cougar Creek Fire:
The Cougar Creek Fire is 20 miles northwest of Entiat and is reported at 9,178 acres. A total of 811 personnel, including 20 crews, 4 aircraft, 28 engines and 12 bulldozers are being shared between the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires. Favorable weather conditions Tuesday resulted in minimal fire activity and little further movement of the fire into Grandma Creek. Some of the increase in acreage and smoke observed was due to burnout operations on the east side of the fire. Crews, supported by helicopters and airtankers, were able to build fireline south of the Tyee lookout. The fire remained relatively quiet overnight, with limited activity reported in the Young and Mad Creek areas. Wednesday, firefighters will continue to work on the ground along the eastern side of the fire, using aerial support for continued line construction.
The Lost Fire has grown to approximately 107 acres. Hard work by the hotshot crew, smokejumpers, heli-repellers and a local Type 2 initial attack crew kept the Lost Fire within a small footprint.The same group of firefighters will use aerial support to make more progress building line in the difficult terrain.