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Cougar Fire now 70% contained

September 5, 2018
The Cougar Fire five miles east of Hope in Bonner County is now 70% contained at 7,636 acres, with 104 personnel still on hand working the flames.

Fire crews finished brushing East Fork Road and a minor firing operation is planned today to tie the black edge of the fire to Lightning Creek Road in the Trapper Creek area.

Isolated smokes may be visible from single tree torching occurring in the interior of the fire as fuels continue to dry after last week's rain.

Clark Fork residents should be aware of heavy truck traffic as construction materials are being moved up Lightning Creek Road for work on the Rattle Creek and Wellington Creek bridges.

Fire behavior will be minimal with some backing, flanking, creeping and smoldering. Fuels continue to dry and growth with low flame lengths and slow rates of spread will occur.

Areas of the fire perimeter in the thermal belt will continue burning late into the burning period. The active perimeter and areas of intense heat will continue to burn and consume large woody fuels and jackpots of downed material.

Spotting and rollout are potential.

There are currently no fire restrictions on campfires in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, though an area closure remains in effect on the Cougar Fire to protect the public and firefighters.

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