Post-wildfire meeting to address flooding concerns after Cougar Creek Fire


People who live in the area surrounding last summer’s Cougar Creek Fire will have a chance to hear from experts Saturday, Dec. 15, on what to expect next.

 The fire, about 20 miles northwest of Entiat, burned more than 40,000 acres. Now, the concern has become flooding and debris flows in the burned areas. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at the Entiat Fire Hall, 2200 Entiat Way.

“After a wildfire, there is a heightened potential of flooding or debris flows,” said Mike Cushman, director of the Cascadia Conservation District. “We encourage those residents living in the Mad River area and other burned areas below natural drainages or steep slopes to attend this meeting and to ask questions.”

Experts from several federal and county agencies will talk about steps property owners can take to prepare for any flooding problems. The lightning-caused fire started July 28 and was not fully contained until late October.