17 MILES SOUTHEAST OF DAYVILLE - With strong winds yesterday and last night, the Cougar Mountain Fire, located 17 miles southeast of Dayville, has grown to over 2,000 acres by this afternoon, Thursday, Sept. 16.

It is receiving a major level of attack, and is estimated to be 10 percent contained.

Two hundred people are working the fire at this time, reported the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

A total of five crews, five engines, four helicopters, two water tenders, two dozers, and 40 persons in charge of fire overhead, are assigned.

Kevin Stock's Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire today at 9 a.m. Firefighters are working to construct line and conduct burn-out operations on the east and south flanks of the fire.

The Cougar Mountain Fire was discovered at 12:02 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 15.  Fire fighting personnel from Prineville Bureau of Land Management, Ochoco National Forest, Malheur National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry quickly responded.

Due to high winds, the fire grew rapidly.  Air tankers dropped fire retardant on the west flank of the fire, and firefighters worked through the night to secure that portion of the fire.

There have been various road closures put in place. They include:

? All Malheur National Forest Lands East from the National Forest Boundary between the intersections of Forest Road 2170 and Forest Road 24 (Deer Creek Road);

? All Malheur National Forest Lands North of Forest Road 24 between County Road 42 (South Fork Road);

? All Malheur National Forest Lands West of Forest Road 2480 from its intersection with Forest Road 24;

? All Malheur National Forest Lands West of Forest Road 2490 from its intersection with Forest Road 2480 and its intersection with Forest Road 2170;

? and all Malheur National Forest Lands South of Forest Road 2170 from its intersection with Forest Road 2490 and the intersection with the West Forest Boundary.

Weather today is forecasted to be partly cloudy, with a high temperature of 75 degrees and humidity of 25 percent. Winds today are forecasted to be 6-10 miles per hour from the southwest. For the weekend, cooler temperatures and higher humidity, with a chance of showers are forecasted.

Cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

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