Cougar Creek Fire Links

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Facebook Stream of Monday Eve Aug 20 Update Meeting
presentations start at about minute 15, roughly an hour in length
FB Meeting Link

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Q and A Highlights
Smoke Weather Prediction: Tuesday will continue to be heavy, Wed wind should increase from S and W (less smoke for Plain and Lake Wenatchee. Much cooler on Weekend and potential for rain (good news) min 53 on tape

Evacuation ?
588 residences in Level 2 area. Thousand Trails asked to move trailers out immediately. Roads to Leavenworth and Coles Corner will be open, evac will be called early

How far west has the fire moved?
For the most part the fire is still east of FS-6104, the FS road between Maverick Saddle and Maverick Lookout

How quickly will the fire move west, as fast as it moved east?
At 1:10 on the tape, the fuels on the east side were much more prone to flashing and the wind and terrain align so the wind is funneled all contribute to faster fire movement, the fire on the west side will advance more slowly, fuels less flashy and the terrain/drainages do not align with the wind.

Due to fire behavior and predicted wind directions a level 2 evacuation advisory was issued at 4:30 PM yesterday for the entire Chiwawa Loop Road area from Beaver Valley Road on the South through Chiwawa Pines and Chiwawa River Pines on the North, including Shugart Flats. For automatic notification of changes in the evacuation levels by tex, pager email or voice mail go to the Chelan County Emergency Management site at 

For current fire information go to


Due to movement of the Cougar Creek fire, effective today at 4:30pm,  8/20/18, Chelan County is implementing Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation notifications on Chiwawa Loop Rd from Plain out to the intersection with Chiwawa River Rd, both sides of the roadway. This includes Chiwawa River Pine Community and Shugart Flats Community and all roads that intersect with the Chiwawa Loop Road in the affected area. Plain is remaining at a Level 1. Facebook

6pm Aug 20th Briefing

 The greater Lake Wenatchee/Plain area has received a Level 1 fire advisory notification due to movement of the Cougar Creek fire burning East of the area. A public information meeting will be held at the Plain Community Church at 6PM on Monday, August 20th.  Facebook Comments.



Due to recent movement of the Cougar Creek fire, the entire Lake Wenatchee area has been issued a Level 1 fire advisory  notification:

As of 2:30pm on Sunday, 8/19/18, a Level 1 (BE READY) Fire Advisory Notification will be in place for the following areas:

• Chumstick Road north of Merry Canyon (both sides of the road)

• Merry Canyon; Second Creek and Moon Canyon

• Community of Plain, including Ponderosa Estates, Plain River Rd and other subdivisions

• Chiwawa Loop Road to include Chiwawa River Pines

• All of the Fish Lake and Lake Wenatchee areas to Coles Corner

This is only a fire advisory for residents in the affected areas. The fire management team is working concurrently on both the Entiat drainage and the west flank of the fire. Due to prevailing winds changing from the SW to the N/NW, the fire is currently pushing to the SW. Cooperating agencies and the Incident Management Team have made the decision to initiate this Level 1 Fire Advisory for the above areas.

To receive automatic notification of evacuation status changes via text l go to Chelan County Sheriff Emergency Management site at  

Level 1 is only an alert that there is fire in our area. To familiarize yourself with the ramifications of Levels 1, 2 and 3 evacuation alerts go to the Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Ready-Set-Go information page  at

Cougar Creek fire/smoke update, Aug 19

The Cougar Creek fire East of Lake Wenatchee has grown to 36,719 acres with over 1100 firefighters involved. The Lost fire has not grown and is contained at 114 acres. Extremely heavy smoke conditions prevail in the entire Plain/Lake Wenatchee areas, probably the heaviest we’ve experienced yet. For real-time views of the smoke conditions go to and click on Webcams and Weather and scroll down to the Uplake, Lake Wenatchee or Dirty Face webcams.
For the complete and official update on this fire go to

The 59’er Diner returns……….

 The reincarnation of the 59’er Diner arrived from Georgia on five flat-beds Wednesday, escorted to it’s new home by a several classic cars. The modular sections were put in place by a large crane on Thursday and owner Joe Cannata hopes to be open for business in about a month. Welcome back, Diner!  We’ve missed you…………..

Fire Weather Watch
National Weather Service Spokane WA
252 PM PDT Thu Aug 16 2018

An approaching dry cold front will produce breezy conditions with low relative humidity.


The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from
Friday afternoon through Friday evening.

Winds: Increasing to west 15 to 20 mph Friday afternoon and
continuing into Friday evening. In the Kittitas and Wenatchee
Valleys evening gusts to 30 mph. [Read More…]

 This event has traditionally been a fundraiser for Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue. This year our fundraising focus will be on helping the family of the Okanagan County volunteer firefighter seriously burned last Saturday in the “Grass Valley Fire” near Coulee City. Firefighter Brett Read remains in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and his wife and three kids can use our help since he can’t return to work for awhile.

This years event starts earlier and features a custom car show and a Las Vegas Mentalist /Magic show. The cars will start showing up around 4:00.
The entertainment starts at 5:00pm with a terrific magic/mentalism show by the amazing Maritess Zurbano. Google her- she is a top notch performer that you will want to see. She has played Las Vegas and all over the world. This isn’t just a show for kids- it’s great show for kids of all ages. She uses non-stop audience participation with feats that impress even the most analytical minds, while having laughs and a lot of fun. Watch as any audience member calls out playing cards and they instantly appear in her hands. See her read the minds of volunteers, even without their permission.
This show is family friendly and has amazed sophisticated audiences around the world. Don’t miss this amazing show!

Kari Novokoff will be doing her amazing faceprinting for kids starting at 5.
The music starts at 6:30 with opening act the 509’s followed by the feature band of Charlie Butts & the Filter Tip. The Old Mill Cafe will be on site with their food truck selling spaghetti dinners with proceeds
donated to the Brett Read Family. The full dinner will consist of spaghetti, a caesar salad and garlic bread for $13.00. After dinner, how about a sweet treat to eat while you enjoy the music?  The Old Mill will be selling classic “elephant ears” for $5.00. There are picnic tables available to eat at.
Park on site this year. Drive in the long driveway across from State Haul Road in downtown Plain and you will find volunteers to help you get parked. If you have a cool car, bring it and display it.

Cougar Creek/Lost fires update 8-15-2018

 The Cougar Creek fire East of Lake Wenatchee has grown to 31,608 acres with over 1200 firefighters involved. The Lost fire has not grown and is contained at 114 acres. Heavy smoke conditions prevail in the entire Plain/Lake Wenatchee areas. For real-time views of the smoke conditions go to and click on Webcams and Weather and scroll down to the Uplake, Lake Wenatchee or Dirty Face webcams.

For the complete and official update on this fire go to

Photo: 7AM, Aug 15, 2018

 Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will hold his regular monthly public meeting with constituents in Plain this Friday, August 17th in Plain.
The meeting will begin at 9AM in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge, the first building to the south of Plain Grocery. These meetings have been well-attended, lively and interesting. Bring your questions or comments and join us on Friday!