Cougar Rock Complex Fire Now Burned 4,874 Acres
Marisa Lloyd

Cougar Rock Complex Fire Now Burned 4,874 Acres

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

The Cougar Rock Complex Fire located approximately 30-miles north of Orofino, Idaho has now burned 4,874 acres and is 20% contained. 

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.

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