Cougar Rock Complex 7-17-21

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LEWISTON - Fires burning south of Lewiston in the Snake River Complex are now 74% contained, according to a Wednesday morning update from fire officials. The fire area has only seen moderate growth in recent days, climbing to 107,560 acres.

Officials say firefighters had another productive day on Tuesday. Crews established even more depth on control lines making them more secure and increasing containment. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) again dropped plastic spheres from the air that ignite upon impact onto the interior unburned pockets of vegetation. Firefighters continued to work on mop up along the fire line searching for pockets of heat. Night operation crews had their final shift last night mopping up, patrolling, and adding more depth to control lines. They will transition to other assignments after required rest.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area into Wednesday night. The warning is due to a combination of high winds, low humidity, and warm temperatures. Due to the Red Flag Warning, firefighters will remain prepared for initial attack on any new fires while they continue mopping up, and patrolling control lines on the existing fire.

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 will host a public meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Winchester Community Center. Officials say tey will share the current status of the fires and the transition to the incoming Type 3 incident management team.