Cougar Rock Complex Fire Update
Idaho Department of Lands
The Cougar Rock Complex remains active as more resources are arriving to assist with suppression efforts.
Over the past 24 hours, some fires merged, some fires were contained, two new fire starts were detected and other fires in the complex grew in response to the recent cold front that passed through the area on Sunday afternoon.
Access to the fires remains one of the largest challenges to getting full suppression underway in parts of the fire. Many of the fires in the complex are not accessible by road. Air resources helped firefighters secure the fire edge and cooled hotspots to reduce fire spread. Aerial operations included multiple super scoopers and helicopters.
The air resources are using the water in the reservoir above the Dworshak Dam. We ask that when the public sees these critical firefighting aircraft using the lake, that the public avoid those areas where planes are dipping water. If the public is an obstacle to aircraft, the operation is delayed and our firefighting efforts are disrupted. It’s vital that if the public sees fire aircraft using the lake, that they give the aircraft as much room as possible to complete their fire missions. Yesterday, a fire ignited immediately adjacent to the town of Orofino, Idaho.
The Cougar Rock Complex incident was able to immediately provide resources to provide firefighting support. RESOURCES: 3 dozers, 8 engines, 4 water tenders, 1 excavator, 1 skidgeon, 1 grader, 8 smoke jumpers, 6 rappelers.
WEATHER: A high-pressure system will be moving back in today after the dry cold front that came through yesterday. This will provide slightly cooler temperatures and help stabilize the atmosphere for more predictable fire behavior. Temperatures will be in the high 80’s to low 90’s.
CLOSURES: There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) 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. In conjunction with our cooperators, we’re exploring if and where road closures may be necessary to protect firefighter safety.