Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cougar Butte Wildfire Now At 40% Containment
Firefighters hold wildfire north of Skyliners Road to 170 acres

 BEND – As of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, firefighters have held the Cougar Butte Fire at approximately 170 acres with 40% containment. Fire crews have completed hand line along the eastern and western borders of the fire, while continuing to hold the north and south portions of the fire with roads. During today’s operational period, firefighters will continue working on securing the northwest corner of the fire, while installing hose lays and beginning to transition into mop up.

Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 4 wildland fire engines, 2 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead and support positions. 
The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision. Fire officials hope to lift the closure and evacuation order tomorrow.

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.

On Saturday, firefighters responded to Incident #217 approximately 1 mile north of Hwy 31 and south of Hole-In-The-Ground. Firefighters held the fire at 9.5 acres.

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