PLAIN — Command of the Cougar Creek Fire burning between Plain and Entiat will transfer Wednesday evening to a smaller incident management team.
Much of the 41,376-acre fire is in a mop-up and patrol status. It’s estimated at 45 percent contained.
Northwest Incident Management Team 10, a Type 2 team with access to state resources, is set to replace Pacific Northwest Team 3, a Type 1 team with access to national resources.
Type 1 teams have managed the lightning-caused fire since Aug. 4 when it was about a week old. As of Tuesday morning, 526 personnel were assigned to the fire — more than 200 less than on Monday.
Rich Magnussen with Chelan County Emergency Management said the evacuation levels will be re-evaluated Wednesday when Team 10 arrives.
Evacuation levels in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas were removed recently and the Chiwawa Loop Road area is at Level 1 (be aware). Entiat River Road from milepost 16.5 to the end of the road is under Level 1, as well.
Operations continue to focus on the western edge of the fire, mop up and patrol on the eastern side in the Entiat River Valley, according to a news release from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Team 10 will also assume command of the Lost Fire, an 80-acre fire a few miles to the northwest, and Bannock Lakes Fire, a 485-acre fire burning in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness.
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