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Cougar Creek Fire grows to more than 5,000 acres

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MT. ADAMS, WA (KPTV) -

The Cougar Creek Fire started on Monday and has now grown to more than 5,000 acres.

The fire is about 9 miles northwest of Glenwood, WA. It began on Yakama Nation/Bureau of Indian Affairs land and has since spread onto state/DNR land.

DNR said firefighters are dealing with active fire behavior, treacherous terrain and heavy fuel loading from bug-killed timber and the remains of the Cold Springs and Cascade Creek Fires.

Ground resources, fixed-wing tankers and helicopters have been working on the fire since Monday night.

All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block and Tract D Mt. Adams Recreation Area are closed. The South Climb and all other trails on the south and east sides of Mt. Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest.

DNR said a lightning strike is likely the cause of the fire.

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