Diamond Creek Fire

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Diamond Creek Fire

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Road Closure Updates
Effective Saturday, September 23 the following roads have been opened on the south side of the Diamond Creek Fire:- Goat Creek Road (5200 Road) to the intersection of 5200-500 Road (Drop Point 64)-... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 4 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.855 latitude, -120.414 longitude

Incident Overview

Map with perimeter in red and road closures in yellow

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Incident Summary: The Diamond Creek Fire was reported on July 23, 2017 at approximately 9:45 a.m. The fire is burning in the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile drainage about 11 miles north of Mazama, Washington.

Smokejumpers responded to the fire within two hours of it being reported. However, due to extreme terrain, heavy dead and down timber, and critical fire weather conditions, the fire was unable to be contained during initial response. The fire crossed into Canada on August 29.

Fire managers recognized that the Diamond Creek Fire would likely be a long term event. Monitor, confine and point protection strategies are being used inside the Pasayten Wilderness. Outside the wilderness, the fire is being managed under a suppression strategy using a mixture of direct, indirect and point protection tactics when and where there is a high probability of success. Fire personnel will engage the fire at the appropriate time and location, while keeping public and firefighter safety as the top priority.

Fire personnel are currently focused on identifying and implementing suppression repair work on the primary and contingency control lines. The suppression repair will not compromise the intended purpose of the control lines should they be needed at a later date.

Evacuation Levels: Mazama, Rendezvous and Lost River areas are at a Level 1 evacuation alert. A Level 1 alert notifies residents to stay aware of their surroundings and take action if needed. Monitor emergency services outlets for updates. The Okanogan County alert system provides automated alerts. Visit okanogandem.org or call 509-422-7206 to sign up for this service.

Closures: Due to moderating fire behavior and completed line construction, areas on the east and west sides of the Diamond Creek Fire are being opened for public use effective September 18. On the west side, Hart’s Pass Road, Robinson Creek and Middle Fork of the Pasayten River are now open. Open on the east side are Falls Creek, Black Lake, the lower section of Andrew’s Creek and the Chewuch 510 trail to the confluence of Basin Creek. Maps have been posted to the Diamond Creek Fire InciWeb and Facebook pages. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open at this time. The fire situation can change rapidly and new closures could occur with little advance warning. Complete closure details and maps are available on Inciweb or the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website.

Drones: While there has been no drone activity over the Diamond Creek Fire, please remember that drones interfere with firefighting efforts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Diamond Creek Fire. Any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face criminal charges as well. For more information on drone use, visit the FAA's website www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Remember, "If you fly, we can't!"


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginSunday July 23rd, 2017 approx. 09:45 AM
Location11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA.
Incident CommanderBob Houseman

Current Situation

Total Personnel227
Size127,498 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory). Heavy fuel loading in the Monument and Pat Creek drainages.

Significant Events

Minimal

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire activity. Continue to remove and stack felled trees and pile/chip debris created during construction of the primary and contingency lines. Continue suppression repair activities as prioritized.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity and spread is expected to remain minimal overnight with any burning occurring in the interior heavy fuels.

Remarks

US acres within WA-OWF jurisdiction are 97,043. An additional 30,454 acres are north of the US-Canada border in British Columbia.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today saw warming temperatures, but continued cloudy skies as the upper trough that dominated for the last several days exits to the east. Saturday will be a dry day as upper ridging becomes the dominant weather feature; however, cloud cover will remain. Temperatures will be up a couple of degrees, with RH dipping into the mid 30's. Sunday into Monday will be a weak disturbance in the flow could bring isolated to scattered light showers, while temperatures continue to slowly tick upward.

Unit Information

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Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Washington
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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