So far the Cougar Rock Complex has burned 4,874 acres. It is 20% contained with 432 personnel fighting it.
It started July 6 from a lightning strike. There are 14 fires in this complex.
Yesterday, additional containment was achieved on a few of the fires within the Cougar Rock Complex, thereby allowing resources to be relocated to work on other fires within the complex. Heavy equipment continues to work in several areas improving roads to serve as both access and as potential containment lines. Where containment lines exist, opportunities were explored for removing or “burning out” unburned fuels between the fires’ edge and containment lines. However, because of yesterday’s smoke and potentially adverse winds, burnout operations were delayed. When conditions are favorable, crews will conduct burnout operations that will further contain the fires. In the more rugged portions of the complex, hotshot crews continue to assess and scout opportunities for additional containment lines. Firefighting resources, from across the country, are arriving daily to assist with suppression efforts for the multiple fires burning both in this complex and for the fires in the region.
The continued heavy smoke in the area has prevented air resources from operating the last few days.
Three type 1 crews, three type 2 crews, one type 3 helicopter, sixteen dozers, nine engines, nine water tenders, six excavators, nine feller bunchers, two skidgeons, two graders, and two skidders
A red flag warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 12 p.m. PDT Wednesday. Isolated thunderstorm chances are possible late tonight into Tuesday morning, with a second round of thunderstorms possible late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Cloud cover today and smoke may inhibit the development of storms. The second round could be more scattered in coverage and contain more lightning. For the timeline, tonight through early Wednesday, very little precipitation is possible with these storms. Temperatures will be in the high 70’s to low 80’s.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in place for the air space over the fires to lessen impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
Two closures remain in place for firefighter and public safety: 1) Granddad Bridge on the Dworshak Reservoir and 2) at Captain’s Cabin near Elk River. These roads remain open for fire and industrial traffic.
Stage II fire restrictions are in effect for the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area. For more information regarding current fire restrictions visit: Fire Restrictions Finder.
Daily updates about local smoke conditions can be found at: https://cloud.deq.idaho.gov/s/Gd8YXWqJ6o6TkGc