DIAMOND CREEK FIRE – PASAYTEN WILDERNESS, WASHINGTON
This wildfire is burning in the steep slopes in the Diamond Creek drainage, where it intersects with Lost River in the Pasayten Wilderness on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.
It was discovered on Saturday, July 22nd and reported on Sunday, July 23, 2017 by a hiker in the Methow Valley area.
The smokejumpers were dispatched around 0952 hours on Sunday morning. Initially it was reported as a small fire but has grown to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.
Fire fuels are heavy loads of dead and down trees, making it difficult to fight.
Fire Officials say the probable cause is human-intervention as there was no lightning passing over the fire line. However, the exact cause is under investigation.
About 8 smokejumpers, plus air resources out of the North Cascade Smokejumpers Base are currently working together to suppress and contain this fire.
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The Billy Goat Trailhead and all associated trails are closed.
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