As of Tuesday morning, Sept. 21, the Cougar Peak Fire had grown slightly to 91,392 and was 49% contained. Northwest Incident Management Team 12, led by Incident Commander Jeff Dimke, will be shadowing Northwest Incident Management Team 8 to learn about the Cougar Peak Fire before taking command on Thursday morning, Sept. 23.
According to a Tuesday fire update from Northwest Incident Management Team 8, the precipitation from past days and cooler weather have helped firefighters make great strides toward containment of the Cougar Peak Fire. Resources will continue to mop-up as large fuels across the fire area continue to smolder and cause smoke. Suppression repairs to dozer line berms and backhaul of equipment has started in contained areas across the fire.