Cougar Creek Fire Crosses Entiat River

Fire spreads to over 25,000 acres

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Cougar Creek Fire

Monday Aug. 13 AM Update:

The winds have subsided but the firefight continues in the Upper Entiat valley on the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire escaped containment lines during Saturday’s windstorm crossing over the Entiat River and threatening homes in the Potato Creek and Ardenvoir areas.

This is a video shot by a local resident along Entiat Valley Road where Level 3 evacuations were ordered.

Cougar Creek Fire

Firefighting strike teams were in full structure-protection mode jumping from one spot fire to another. No homes were damaged but the threat continues as the fire exploded in size to over 26 thousand acres.

Cougar Creek Fire

The fire is 5 percent contained. Due to the movement of the fire to the East Chelan County Emergency Management has issued Level One evacuation advisories for residents on Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road (from Hwy 97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd); Johnson Creek Road and First Creek Road.

ENTIAT, WA.-

Saturday Aug.11 PM Update

ENTIAT, WA.- Firefighters on the Cougar Creek Fire have picked up several small spot fires on the east side of Entiat River between milepost 14-18, but so far have had good success in suppression efforts in that area. No structures have been damaged. Firefighters are engaged in structure protection and a containment strategy on the west side of Entiat River. Containment lines on the southwest side are not threatened at this time.

This photo, taken at 2:30 from Mills Canyon Road, shows the fire column northwest of Entiat Valley. #CougarCreekFire

Saturday Aug. 11 AM Update

ENTIAT, WA.- Another Red Flag Warning is in place over the fire area today. Cougar Creek Fire is now at 18,376 acres and 5% containment. Most fire growth occurred within the Mad River, Miners Ridge and Hornet Ridge Area. The fire pushed through containment lines in the McKenzie Saddle area where firefighters have engaged it. The Lost Fire is 114 acres and has line completed around the perimeter which held through the wind event yesterday. No structures have sustained damage.

From Chelan County Emergency Management, changes to evacuation levels are as follows:

Effective 7 p.m. 8/10/2018 Entiat River Rd. from Mad River Rd. to the end of Entiat River Rd. (approximately MP 25) is LEVEL 3 Ardenvoir and Mad River Road LEVEL 3 Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to Crum Canyon Road LEVEL 2 Crum Canyon Road is also LEVEL 2 Entiat River Road from US 97A to Crum Canyon Road LEVEL 1

Last night on the Cougar Creek Fire, a trailer transporting heavy equipment overturned in the roadway on the east side of the fire. No one was injured in the incident, but fire resources to the north were unable to travel through to staging areas. Crews were moved into a large safety zone where they stayed safely through the night. All resources are safe and will be rested and re-engaged today. Access has been reopened on the road.

Cougar Creek Fire
Overturned trailer photo from INCIWEB

Cougar Creek Fire managers say gusty winds are pushing the fire to the Southeast toward the Entiat Valley. The Entiat Valley Road remains closed to all but local traffic.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.