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Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11/2017 Diamond Creek Fire Update

Diamond Creek Fire Update

Fire Information 503-765-5724 or

August 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Fire Location: Diamond Creek Fire is burning within the Pasayten Wilderness approximately 16 air miles north of Mazama, Washington and 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) south of the Canadian border.
Fire History:  Structure protection assessments were completed on over 500 structures south of the fire. As of Thursday, August 10, 2017 crews working south of the fire continued to improve line construction from Eightmile Road west to Billy Goat Trailhead and east to the Upper Falls Creek Fire scar. This work linked hand line to avalanche chutes and other natural barriers, which can collectively serve as a firebreak if necessary. A hose-lay and sprinklers are in place to reinforce the line. 
Transfer of command shifted from Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Type 1) National Interagency Incident Management Team to Nevada Team 4 (Type 3) Team, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. 
Current Status and Projected Operations: The fire has grown by 7,162 acres since last mapped, three days ago. Crews will finish removing wood and brush from Eightmile Road by Friday, August 11, 2017. Caution is advised when traveling nearby roadways, as fire personnel use heavy equipment to haul this debris. Contingency line scouting continues.
Weather, Fire Behavior, and Air Quality: Burning in steep terrain, fire growth is largely driven by topography and fuel availability. While fire behavior is generally moderate, dry timber stands prompt uphill runs, torching, and spotting up to one half mile. Infrared mapping shows fire movement north to Ashnola Mountain, west into Johnny Creek and Deception drainages, and actively burning into the Drake Creek and Jinks drainages. Temperatures are predicted to remain in the mid 80s, with variable winds, low humidity, and the possibility of thundershowers. Increased fire activity may be expected under these weather conditions. 
Visibility remains hazy, with poor air quality. People with compromised respiratory systems should avoid outdoor physical activity.
Closures and Restrictions: Eightmile Creek 5130 Road is closed beyond Cub Creek 5220 junction at 5 miles, restricting vehicle access to Ruffed Grouse and Honeymoon Campgrounds, and Copper Glance and Billy Goat Trailheads. A fire area closure is in effect.  Visitors should check conditions before traveling in the area and to register at trailheads. This fire does not currently affect access to the Pacific Crest Trail or Pacific Northwest Trail. Maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, and use of charcoal briquette barbecues, or other devices that use solid fuel is prohibited across most of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Incident Summary
August 11, 2017
Approximate Acreage: 19,687 acres
Start Date and Cause: Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Human Caused
Resources on the Fire:
Crews: 4
Helicopters: 3
Engines: 5 
Water Tenders: 5
Total Personnel: 151
Jurisdiction: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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