27 Jul 2009, 10:33am
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Cougar Creek Fire

Location: 10 miles S of John Day, Grant Co., OR
Specific Location: Malheur NF, Strawberry Wilderness, Lat 44° 17´ 53″, Lon 118° 56´ 30″

Date of Origin: 07/25/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 08/04/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 84
Size: 1,063 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

This fire is 95 percent contained and has been turned back to the local unit for the remainder of the mop up.


Situation as of 08/03/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 238
Size: 1,063 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,450,420

Final helicopter IR flight conducted today to identify remaining and/or undetected hot spot within as well as outside the control lines. The Blue Mountain IMT will transition the fire to a Type 3 organization on 8/3/2009 at 0600. Reduced fire activity. Remaining heat is from consumption of interior fuels.


Situation as of 08/01/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 288
Size: 1,052 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,030,713


Situation as of 07/31/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 310
Size: 1,044 acres
Percent Contained: 75%


Situation as of 07/31/2009 10:30 am
Personnel: 414
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $1.8 million (estimated, not reported)


Situation as of 07/29/2009 6:30 pm
Personnel: 434
Size: 744 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $844,814

Low to moderate fire activity today. Increased activity with single and group torching, and short uphill runs in the late afternoon. Continued progress on line construction on E and W flanks. Mop up started on the S side of the fire. Preparing to insert crews on the N end of the fire for burnout and holding operations.


Situation as of 07/27/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 356
Size: 688 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $330,000

Broken arm suffered by a smokejumper on 7/25/2009. Good progress constructing line on east and west flank while holding south flank.


Situation as of 07/27/2009 2:00 pm
Personnel: 170
Size: 700 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Fire spread is currently N from Berry Creek and E from Cougar Creek. Hwy 395 remains open, but fire is close, to the E of the highway. Type 2 IMT to take over fire today.



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