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Diamond Watch Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3232 West Nursery Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Incident Contact

Kary Maddox
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: Mon-Sun 8am - 6pm

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08/15/2022 Diamond Watch Fire Fact Sheet 8/15/2022
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Started by lightning and initially detected on the evening of July 14th, the Diamond Watch Fire has now exceeded initial attack and smoke is likely visible from the Priest Lake area.  The fire is located 5.5 miles due west of Nordman, ID, and has burned approximately 391 acres on the northeast side of Diamond Peak in Pend Oreille County, WA. Firefighters are currently working to reinforce containment line along roads and construct handline to tie it all together.  

Closure of Forest Service Roads 311, 308 and Petit Lake are currently in the process to provide for safe heavy equipment operations and fire suppression activity.  FSR 311 will be closed from the 311/308 junction to Petit Lake and FSR 308 will be closed from the 311/308 junction to the 308/1362 junction.  Best access to the Priest Lake area from the Colville National Forest will be through Newport, WA via US highway 2 north and Priest River, ID via ID highway 57 north. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 14th, 2022 approx. 06:00 PM
Location5.5 miles due west of Nordman, ID on northeast side of Diamond Peak
Incident CommanderType 4 IC - Hirst
Coordinates48.636 latitude, -117.065 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel34
Size391 Acres
Fuels Involved

Burning in timber litter with jackpots of heavier fuels under a dense canopy. Brush component has been a heat sink with higher live fuel moistures than average and is slowing fire spread when encountered.

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior primarily with backing and flanking and an isolated torching tree. Flame lengths are generally less than 2'. North side is primarily holding in wetter live fuels and hasn't moved much while the southerly aspects have seen the bulk of the growth.


Planned Actions

Continue mastication along 308 road, continue use of sprinkler system on NW flank of fire, assess ridge south of Diamond Peak for potential holding actions. Assess needs for a sprinkler system on east flank of fire on the flats.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Continued limited backing and flanking due to moderated RHs. Most spread will be on the SW and SE side of Diamond Peak.

24 hours: Chance of t-storms in area with moderated RHs will allow for continued backing and flanking. Most spread will be on the SW and SE side of Diamond Peak where fire is still backing towards the flats. Slight chance for a shower but less than a wetting rain is expected.

48 hours: Slightly RHs and SW winds 5-10 will allow for continued backing and flanking on steeper slopes. Fire may see some growth on flats on SE flank of fire but should be limited to flanking and backing.

72 hours: Warming trend continues with a slight decrease in RHs with continued backing and flanking expected. North flank will continue to see limited backing fire due to wetter live fuels.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Continued warm and relatively dry will allow for backing and flanking on the steeper slopes of Diamond Peak. Fire movement on the flats is not expected to be significant but may see some

spread on the SE flank.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm temps with moderated RHs the past few days have resulted in limited spread. A return to temps in the 90s with relative humidity in the teens to 20s this coming week will allow for continued backing and flanking. Thunderstorms are possible the next 2 days.