OR | Cougar Peak Fire

Update 1 | Thursday | September 30, 2021


A feller and a lookout work together to bring down a tree on fire, on the contingency line at the Cougar Peak Fire.
A professional feller and a lookout safely bring down a hazard tree. Credit: USFS/Lakeview (OR)


Located 15 miles NW of Lakeview, Oregon.

Ignited on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, around 1345 hours PT.

Undetermined cause.

Fire fuels include: timber, brush and medium slash.


Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

91,795 acres.

85% contained. Expectations to contain by October 5, 2021.


10 structures lost.

$23.7 Million Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment efforts.


USFS, Fremont-Winema National Forest

IMT2, NW Team 12 – ICP located at the Lakeview Fairgrounds. Closed to public. Open only to essential personnel. ICs are Jeff Dimke and Bobby Shindelar.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office – local law enforcement.

Lake County Office of Emergency Management – broadcasts emergency alerts to local impacted communities during fire and disaster events.

475 personnel.

12 crews.

20 engines.

Single helicopter.

Three dozers.

Five water tenders.

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OR | Cougar Peak Fire

Sunday, Update 1 – September 12, 2021

May be an image of nature and sky
Credit | ODF

Incident Summary

The COUGAR PEAK FIRE is a newly reported fire by us today and this is what we know so far. The fire is located about 15 miles northwest of Lakeview, Oregon in timber, brush and medium slash.

It ignited on September 7, 2021, from an undetermined cause, around 1345 hours PT.

Special Request

Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Lake County, Oregon Sheriff and ODF are asking for the public’s help on possible human-caused wildfires in Lake County. More info: https://flashalert.net/id/OSPOre/148341 If you have information, please call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP from mobile. Reference Case # SP21257103.

Current Status

At the time of this post, the fire behavior has been reduced down to minimal activity with creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.

The fire is still threatening numerous structures and evacuation orders are still in effect, along with road and trail closures being closed.

There has been 86,170 acres consumed and there is no containment of this fire at this time. Fire officials do have a fire plan in how they expect this fire to be contained by October 5, 2021.


About 793 total fire personnel including overhead and support staffing is assigned to this incident, along with 17 crews, 65 engines and six copters.

The Incident Command consists of Unified Command with Kevin Stock with the USFS and Scott Magers with the Oregon State Fire Marshals Office.

Incident Cooperators include: the American Red Cross, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lake County (OR) Government, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Inciweb, Wildcad.net and the National Fire Interagency Center.

To learn more about wildfires or to get direct updates via this fire, you can visit the COUGAR PEAK FIRE Facebook page or still follow us for more great fire news. https://www.facebook.com/CougarPeakFire2021

Damage Assessment

About 10 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression efforts have reached $4.1 Million Dollars.

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