Full containment of wildfire on Whaleback Mountain expected Monday

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A photo of the Cougar Fire on Whaleback Mountain in Siskiyou County as seen from Highway 97. Submitted by David Lawrence Plank

The Cougar Fire, reported Saturday, March 31, at 4:12 p.m., had burned 32 acres and was 90 percent contained on Whaleback Mountain on the Goosenest Ranger District as of Monday afternoon.

Full containment was expected Monday, April 2, according to a news release from Klamath National Forest. The Cougar Fire perimeter was in various stages of mop up and patrol Monday, and was staffed with two hand crews, five fire engines, three bulldozers and two water tenders, KNF reported.

The cause of the Cougar Fire is under investigation. As stated in the release, “Every preventable wildfire puts fire fighters and the public at risk and reduces the response capability of fire departments to respond to the next fire. Please remember to be careful with fire while visiting the forest, and remember that one less spark is one less wildfire.”

To find out more about what you can do to prevent human caused, unwanted wildfires, please go to www.preventwildfireca.org.