Monday, May 29, 2017

Cougar Butte Fire Reaches 90% Containment
Tumalo Falls area closure and Level 1 Evacuation lifted

 BEND – As of Monday morning, firefighters have the Cougar Butte Fire 90% contained. Fire officials hope to have the fire 100% contained by the end of today. The fire, which remains at 170 acres, is secured on all sides by hand line and roads, which function as containment lines. During today’s operational period, firefighters will continue to mop up and ensure containment lines are secure. At noon, the Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition command of the fire to local Type 4 resources.

Fire activity remained relatively low on Sunday, May 28. Crews
successfully back burned a small portion of the NW corner of the
fire Sunday afternoon to increase containment.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the Level 1 evacuation notice for Skyliners subdivision. Closures for Tumalo Falls Day Use Area and Forest Road 4603, as well as, all other road closures have been lifted. If traveling in the area, please use caution as firefighters and firefighting resources continue to work on the fire.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, firefighters responded to the Cougar Butte Fire, approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the fire spread to 125 acres by that night. Firefighting resources worked through the night to construct hand line up the eastern edge of the fire. With the arrival of additional resources to the fire on Saturday, as well as, favorable weather conditions, firefighters were able to make good progress.

Unless any major changes occur, this will be the last press release for the Cougar Butte Fire.

If you have any questions about the fire, please contact the Deschutes National Forest; (541)383-5300, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, Oregon 97701.

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