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Diamond Creek Fire Update August 16
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 8:30 amSouthwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 5Jeff Andrews, Incident Commander Fire Information: (503)-765-5724 - 8 am – 8 pmEmail:... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 12 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.855 latitude, -120.413 longitude

Incident Overview

Fire Location: Diamond Creek Fire is burning within the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage approximately 12 air miles north of Mazama, Washington and 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) south of the Canadian border.

Road closures expanded due to fire activity on August 11. Eightmile Creek (5130) Road is now closed from West Chewuch (51) Road to Billy Goat Trailhead. The Ortell (5220) Road is closed from Cub Pass, at the intersection with the Sweetgrass Butte (5220-100) Road, to the Eightmile (5130) Road. Sweetgrass Butte (5220-100) Road is closed from Cub Pass, at the intersection with Ortell (5220) Road, to Sweetgrass Butte.Falls Creek Road 5140 is closed.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused
Date of OriginSunday July 23rd, 2017 approx. 09:45 AM
LocationPasayten Wilderness, 27 miles NNW of Winthrop WA.
Incident CommanderJeff Andrews, Southwest Type 2 Team 5

Current Situation

Total Personnel340
Size28,143 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained8%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber stands consist of a mix of Fir, Spruce, and Pine. Heavy fuels are very receptive to spotting due to below average fuel moistures.

Significant Events

The fire continued to be active today with increased winds along with continued warming and drying trend.Observed fire behavior was backing and flanking with tree torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Use aviation resources as needed to keep fire in check in the Pat and Drake Creek drainage. Crews will construct new primary indirect lines and strengthen existing contingency on the southern portion of the fire. Utilization of heavy equipment will greatly help in making progress with line construction.

Projected Incident Activity

Predicted weather is expected to produce areas of active fire behavior with spread continuing through available fuels. The fire will continue to back to the northwest. Burning will continue in unburned fuels in the Drake Creek area.Afternoon downslope winds will pose a threat for the fire to push south in Eightmile Creek.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Winds increased substantially over the Diamond Creek Fire today in response to the tail end of dry cold front brushing across the area. West - northwest wind gusts of 25-35 mph were observed. Mid-day temperatures were about 1-3 degrees warmer than on Tuesday, relative humidity values were down to 20-25%. Thursday will be the fourth consecutive day of warming and drying trend. Temperatures will be up 2-4 degrees, relative humidity down 2-4%. Winds will be moderate, with gusts of 15-20 mph from west-northwest. Another dry frontal passage is expected Friday, with stronger west- northwest with gusts of 25-30 mph on ridgetops. No rain is expected through the next 7 days.

Unit Information

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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Email: diamondcreekfire@gmail.com
Phone: 503-765-5724

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