Ardenvoir Under Level Three as Cougar Creek Fire Intensifies

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ENTIAT, WA.-Chelan County Emergency Management has raised existing evacuation levels at 7:30 pm tonight, Friday, August 10, 2018. The Entiat River Road from Ardenvoir north to the end of the road (approximately to milepost 25) and Mad River Road are now Level 3, which means “leave immediately.” The Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon up to the southern boundary of Ardenvoir is now elevated to Level 2, which means “prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.”
A new Level 1 Evacuation Notice was issued for the Entiat River Road from US 97A to Crum Canyon, which means “time to prepare.”
The Cougar Creek Fire is being pushed by strong winds through heavy dead and down fuels toward the southeast, down Miners Ridge and the Mad River Drainage. Structure protection forces are in place in Ardenvoir and the Entiat River Valley.

ENTIAT- Cougar Creek Fire managers provided a briefing last night for residents of Plain community. The lightning-sparked wildfire has grown to over ten thousand acres of timber land.

Its located on timber land about 20 miles NW of Entiat and about seven and a half miles NE of Plain. The next few days are critical as a red flag warning calls for record heat followed by a cold-front and windy conditions.

Operations Planning Chief Shannon Prather provides an update:

 

Operations Planning Chief Shannon Prather shares the morning update for Thursday, August 9 on the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires. #cougarcreekfire #lostfire

Posted by Cougar Creek Fire – Chelan Co., Washington on Thursday, August 9, 2018

 

A fire behavior analyst explained at last night’s public meeting that crews plan to use the weather conditions to their advantage.

“The good news with these type of winds is it locks the fire in place as we want it to be, it allows it to be consistent,” said the fire behavior analyst. “When there’s no wind, that fire can move in every direction and take advantage of typography, different fuel types like a hungry teenager going through your cabinets.”

The analyst told residents that crews can prepare for fire activity because of their ability to judge fire movement before it occurs.

“We are prepared because we know where it’s going,” the analyst said. “From a fire behavior perspective, what I’m expecting is that incremental growth to continue and that fire to seek what we call alignment. We’re looking for it to go in places down wind.”

Crews can only engage under certain parameters, which is why much of the firefighting has occurred overnight, behavior analysts say.

“We work and try to do things when the weather is on our side and we’ll continue to do that,” the analyst said at last night’s briefing. “Some of the smoke you’re seeing is what we were doing, because we’re doing the fire on our terms which helps us out. It builds a buffer and resilient landscape because when the fire rolls through there it will stop.”

The fire has resulted in Level Three evacuation warnings for the Upper Entiat Valley Road from Potato Creek to MP 25. A total of 895 personnel, including 22 crews, six aircraft, 28 engines and 12 bulldozers are being shared between the Cougar Creek and Lost Fires.

It was also reported that resources on the Lost Fire were able to mount an aggressive ground attack supported by aerial resources and were able to slow it’s progress. The Lost Fire is currently estimated at 111 acres. A second Type 2 initial attack crew joined the 80 firefighters already involved on direct attack, strengthening their work with aerial support.

Bannock Lakes Fire:

This lightning-caused fire is approximately 17 miles west of Stehekin in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness. A reconnaissance flight Wednesday found the fire to be about 100 acres. It is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain.

Whitepine Fire:

The Whitepine Fire, in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is approximately 3 miles south of Stevens Pass Nordic Center and 19 miles northwest of Leavenworth. This lightning-caused fire remains small and is being regularly monitored from the air.Chelan County Emergency Management has raised existing evacuation levels at 7:30 pm tonight, Friday, August 10, 2018. The Entiat River Road from Ardenvoir north to the end of the road (approximately to milepost 25) and Mad River Road are now Level 3, which means “leave immediately.” The Entiat River Road from Crum Canyon up to the southern boundary of Ardenvoir is now elevated to Level 2, which means “prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.”
A new Level 1 Evacuation Notice was issued for the Entiat River Road from US 97A to Crum Canyon, which means “time to prepare.”
The Cougar Creek Fire is being pushed by strong winds through heavy dead and down fuels toward the southeast, down Miners Ridge and the Mad River Drainage. Structure protection forces are in place in Ardenvoir and the Entiat River Valley.