cougarcreekfire

The Cougar Creek fire in the Wenatchee National Forest is one of the largest currently burning in Washington state.

Cooler weather has brought more favorable firefighting conditions to the Northwest, but several fires continue to burn even as their growth has slowed.

In Central Washington, the Cougar Creek fire in the Wenatchee National Forest, which started July 28 due to lightning strikes, has come close to threatening some homes, though firefighters say no mandatory evacuations have been issued.

The 42,000-acre blaze is about 60 percent contained, said fire spokesman Mike Reichling, and firefighters have only seen growth to the north and northwest.

Farther north, the Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires in the Cascades and Okanogan National Forest are still actively burning, with both reporting less than 40 percent containment, according to fire management information posted to Inciweb. Officials said last week hundreds of firefighters have been attacking the blazes since they began in late July due to lightning.

With a combined acreage of about 70,000 – nearly 110 square miles – in mountainous terrain, firefighters say the plan is to keep fire activity from spreading to populated areas until the changing of the seasons, when rain is able to douse them completely.