Friday AM Update:
Winds gusting to 40 miles an hour pushed the Cougar Creek Fire last night to over 36 hundred acres. Fire managers report there was extreme crowning and wind-driven runs and spotting. The Entiat River Road is now closed due to level 3 evacuations from Potato Creek to mile post 24 due to rapid fire growth.
The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and the smoke is highly visible from Lake Chelan, Wenatchee and other tourist destinations. The fire has forced the closure of several hiking trails in the area and US Forest Service Silver Falls and Cottonwood Creek campgrounds have also been closed until further notice. A type 1 Incident Management Team takes command of the of the the fire Saturday.
Thursday PM Update:
ENTIAT, WA.- Chelan County Emergency Management announced that the Evacuation Level is now 3. This means “Leave Now.” The area is described as Potato Creek to the end of the Entiat River Road. Mad River to Potato Creek remains at a Level 2 for now.
ENTIAT, WA.-A lightning-caused fire continues to eat up acreage in the Upper Entiat Valley. The Cougar Creek Fire has now swollen to over 15-hundred acres of forest land about 12 miles NW of Ardenvoir.
Its burning in mostly timber including a significant number of beatle-infested trees. Fire behavior has become more active due to the continuing hot, dry and windy weather. 321 firefighters are deployed on the fire. Level 2 evacuation advisories have been issued for the area of Mad River Rd up to the end of Entiat River Road (MP 24) – On both sides of the roadway. Fire managers say there’s the potential for significant fire spread and longer range spotting.
The Cougar Creek Fire area is a heavily used recreation area and is highly visible from tourist destinations, multiple cities and travel ways in North Central Washington. IMT is also managing the Chelan Hills Fire.