DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – WINTHROP, WASHINGTON
This wildfire was reported under Fire CAD Activity but there seems to be more occurring than first thought. Here is our recap of this wildland fire burning deeper into the wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Fire Dispatch was notified about this wildfire at Diamond Creek and sent out 8 smokejumpers from the North Cascade Smokejumpers Base around 0952 hours on Sunday, July 23, 2017. It was reported as a small fire and they were sent out for fire suppression efforts.
The wind has picked up and so, has the wildfire – creating a need for additional resources.
The wildfire is in the Pasayten Wilderness which is located in the Northeastern portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Winthrop, Washington.
The fire is listed at a current size of 100 acres.
No structures are under threat at this time.
CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS
Fire behavior is active with a fast rate of spread (ROS) that is wind-driven and has some short runs and short-range spotting.
The fire is now visible from Methow Valley, Washington.
The Billy Goat Trailhead and associated trails are closed.
CURRENT FIRE WEATHER
Current temps are 75*F with winds at 9 m.p.h. and relative humidity (RH) of 33%. Skies are clear.
LEVEL 2 FIRE LEVEL is in effect.
ABOUT THE PASAYTEN WILDERNESS
The Paysayten Wilderness is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest which has over 531,000 acres and 50 miles of the Canadian border, along with the beautiful crest of the Cascade Mountains within its perimeter. It has many other beckoning features such as 160 bodies of water and a host of waterways, as well as, almost 150 peaks with elevations over 7,500 feet!
WHAT DOES SMOKEY THE BEAR KNOW?
Okanogan-Wenatchee NF Fire Officials reported on July 21, 2017, that forest staff found an abandoned campfire in Methow Valley that had escaped its fire ring. Good thing, there were there to put the fire out before it became a major incident!
LEVEL 2 FIRE LEVEL due to abandoned campfires.
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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/23/2017 @ 2150 Hours PDT