ENTIAT — All evacuation orders related to the Cougar Creek Fire have been lifted.
Containment is estimated at 71 percent, with only the northern section without fireline. Helicopters continue to drop water to hold the perimeter, according to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials.
About 460 personnel are assigned to the 42,349-acre fire burning between Plain and the Entiat River Valley.
A fireline was recently completed along the western edge of the fire threatening homes in Plain and Chiwawa Pines. Crews continue to mop up the area. Lines around the southern and eastern lines are secure.
Smoke circulating through the region from Okanogan County and British Columbia is expected to clear late Thursday, but may be replaced by smoke from the south, the release says. Air quality isn’t likely to get worse than moderate.
The Lost Fire to the northwest is secured at 80 acres and being monitored by air. The Bannock Lake Fire southeast of Stehekin is at 497 acres; crews are monitoring it by air.
The Crescent Mountain Fire 21 miles west of Twisp is estimated at almost 49,000 acres and 37 percent contained.
Level 3 evacuation notices (get out now) are in place for residents west of the Little Bridge Creek intersection in the Twisp River Valley. Level 2 notices (be ready to leave) are in effect west of Newby Creek Road to Little Bridge Creek Road, Smith Canyon Road, and Libby Creek Road west of Smith Canon Road. Level 1 notices (be aware) are in place in the Poorman Creek area.