Cougar Rock Complex Growing 286 Acres Yesterday and Still 25% Contained
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
The Cougar Rock Complex located 30-miles north of Orofino is up to 5,160 acres burned and sill at 25% containment.
Yesterday, winds out of the west cleared some smoke from the Cougar Rock Complex, thus resulting in limited fire growth on the Scott, Benton Ridge, and Benton Nob fires. With the clearer air and improved visibility, helicopters were able to fly and support firefighters working on the flare-ups.
Reinforced by air support, crews worked with hand tools to dampen down the fires where access and terrain allowed. In other areas of the fire, great progress has been made on securing and widening the containment lines. Only five of the fourteen fires have grown over the past 24 hours.
Fire behavior specialists stated that the smoke coming from the out of region fires has dissipated and most of the smoke lingering on our complex is from fires burning locally. Additionally, the fire behavior specialists mentioned that while the recent rains moistened the fine fuels, there was not nearly enough rain to really help the fire situation.
One thing of note, this was the last shift of one of the esteemed firefighters who has served with the firefighting community for over 49 years. He is retiring at the end of his shift. Northern Rockies Incident Management Team wants to thank him for all he’s done in his service.