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Thanks for that information KeriGeorge. Was there about the same amount of smoke at Rainy Pass? We are trying to figure out where to backpack for just 2 nights. Thanks!

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https://www.facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017/

Due to continued growth of the Diamond Creek Fire, the Forest Service may need to implement Fire Evacuations that will affect campers in the Mazama and Early Winters area.

If there is a Level 2 Evacuation, campgrounds in the Mazama and Early Winters area will be closed.

A large portion of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest north and west of the town of Mazama is presently under Level 1 Evacuation. The Forest Service requests that campers and hikers stay abreast of fire information and consider voluntarily relocating if fire behavior increases.

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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Some numbers:

80 -- Number of large wildfires currently burning in the West

27254 -- Number of firefighters fighting said fires

6 -- Number of firefighters who have died this year fighting wildfire

4 -- Number of Very Large Air Tankers available in the US (1 747, 3 DC-10)

23 -- Number of Large Air Tankers available in the US

34 -- Number of Type I helicopters on contract for firefighting in 2017

David Bonn

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Thanks! We are not going to go backpacking--it's not worth it. Thanks for the info everyone. Be safe!

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https://www.facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017/

DIAMOND CREEK FIRE ALERT LEVEL & FIREWISE PREPARATIONS:

The Diamond Creek Fire is working its way south down Monument Creek and Pat Creek toward Lost River and Mazama.
Friday evening, an advisory was sent out to those currently in a LEVEL ONE area. It stated that NOW is the time to check your structures/property to make sure they are FIREWISED.
A 30-foot clearance of any fuel adjacent to your home/outbuildings is necessary for firefighters to defend structures.
Clear all ignitable materials off your roofs and decks, as falling embers can ignite any available fuel.
This includes doormats, brooms, dog beds, firewood, leaves, and pine needles.
ANYTHING that can ignite needs to be removed.
If possible, screen all vents with 1/8 mesh or close/block them.
Have an evacuation plan for your family's exit and be sure to take ALL necessary items with you should evacuation levels become critical.
Don’t forget an evacuation plan for your PETS; it is better to move them sooner than later.
If you are in a LEVEL ONE area, then now is the time to prepare.
Do not wait—ACT NOW!

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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September 9, 2017 Update: Cooler weather slows fire spread; Additional firefighters arrive
Location: 12 miles N of Mazama, WA
Total Personnel: 85
Acres: 91,500 U.S; 14,000 Canada
Cause: Believed to be Human
Containment: 30%
Start Date: July 23, 2017
Yesterday: Operations Section Chief Ian Morgan took a reconnaissance flight on Friday over the Diamond Creek Fire and saw active fire in the head of Monument Creek with continuous fuels to the south. Fortunately the weather moderated overnight with increased humidity and lower temperatures and the fire did not progress significantly to the south. The fire perimeter remains approximately two miles north of the line that would trigger an elevation to a Level 2 evacuation for the Mazama area. Crews continued to extend a hand-line well in front of the fire in the Yellowjacket Creek area as well as construct heli-spots that can be used in case of injury or to deliver supplies. Helicopters used bucket drops to cool spots at the top end of Pat Creek and provided reconnaissance opportunities to plan strategy. The fire area continues to burn into steep, rugged terrain in the Pasaytan Wilderness and is being managed using a confine strategy that combines containment by natural features and full suppression to control the spread toward the town of Mazama.
Today: Firefighting resources continue to arrive on the incident allowing fire managers greater flexibility in their suppression efforts. Crews will continue to extend the hand-line near Yellowjacket Creek. Operations personnel continue to scout structure protection and suppression opportunities in the Mazama area in case the fire makes a move in that direction. A decision will be made today on whether to wrap the Goat Peak Lookout with fire resistant material to protect it.
Weather: A cold front will push through the fire area on Saturday bringing increasing cloud cover and the chance of showers. The frontal passage will be accompanied by wind gusts from the northwest that may approach 35 mph. The lower temperatures and higher humidity will be welcomed by firefighters as they inhibit fire behavior but increased winds can transport embers and increase spot fire potential.
Smoke: Saturday dawned notably clearer than previous days as a cooler Pacific weather system provided more pleasant air. For smoke conditions and more information, visit wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Closures: The public should be aware that the fire situation is fluid and that new closures could occur with little advance warning. The Forest Service requests that people respect any road closure signs or barricades so the firefighters can safely perform their jobs. There are currently more than 60 roads or trails closed for public safety including Monument Trail #484 and Andrews Creek #504. Complete closure details and maps are available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/.
Evacuation Alert Level: Mazama, Rendezvous and Lost River are under a Level 1 evacuation. A Level 1 notifies residents and visitors to be aware of the danger that may exist in their areas. Monitor emergency services information for updates. The Okanogan County alert system will provide automated alerts to the public. To sign up for this service, visit okanogandem.org or call (509) 422-7206.
Fire Info: 509-996-4040 (NEW)
Facebook: diamondcreekfire2017
Website: https://inciweb/nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Email: diamondcreekfire@gmail.com
Automated updates:diamondcreekfire.blogpost.com

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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Re: Lost River, Mazama & Rendezvous on Level one:

I'm trying to follow the updates on the inciweb, but I'm very confused...the current situation and outlook only seem to mention the monument cr. drainage, but the updated map shows only new fire spreading down eight Mile drainage?

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> eastforkdork wrote:

> I'm trying to follow the updates on the inciweb, but I'm very confused...the current situation and outlook only seem to mention the monument cr. drainage, but the updated map shows only new fire spreading down eight Mile drainage?
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Go here - red is new fire growth.

https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=48.817820,-120.200357&z=10&t=m,Fire_perimeter,MODIS_from_GeoMAC&q=https://propertylinemaps.com/p/public_land_map/USA/USA_wildland_fire_3.txt

David Wilkinson

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Re: Lost River, Mazama & Rendezvous on Level one:

https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=47.948701%2C-120.101543&z=8&t=h%2CMODIS_from_GeoMAC%2CVIIRS_fire_detection%2CHMS_fire_detection%2CLarger_fire_locations%2CFire_perimeter&q=https%3A%2F%2Fpropertylinemaps.com%2Fp%2Fpublic_land_map%2FUSA%2FUSA_wildland_fire_3.txt

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https://tinyurl.com/y9wymo4j

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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September 11, 2017 Update: Air operations continue to hold fire in Pat Creek
Location: 11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA
Total Personnel: 94
Acres: 91,750 U.S; 19,845 (8,031 hectares) Canada
Cause: Believed to be Human
Containment: 30%
Start Date: July 23, 2017
Update: Fire behavior continued to be moderate on Sunday due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The fire is still backing down the upper portion of the Monument Creek drainage and showing activity at the top end of Pat Creek. On Monday and Tuesday the forecasted weather calls for warmer temperatures and drier humidity before an upper level trough moving through on Tuesday night brings colder air with elevated chances for moisture. There will likely be increased fire behavior and smoke production on Monday and Tuesday accompanying the warmer air. Fire managers want to keep the fire near its present perimeter until the projected favorable weather later in the week. Firefighters working north of the Yellowjacket Sno-park continued to construct hand-line up through thick spruce on the ridge between Yellowjacket and Weenam Creeks. Using timber cutting feller-bunchers they are also constructing heli-spots for ferrying supplies and providing evacuation sites in case of injury. Dozers working north of Mazama were able to open the 531 road to provide additional access. Operations personnel continue to scout the area between Mazama and the fire perimeter for suppression opportunities. The Goat Peak lookout and outhouse were wrapped with fire resistant material. The fire continues to burn into steep, rugged terrain in the Pasaytan Wilderness and is being managed using a confine strategy that combines containment by natural features and full suppression to control the spread toward the town of Mazama.
Today’s Activities: A medium and a light helicopter will be available today for bucket drops at the top end of Pat Creek, where the concern is that the fire might spill over into the Goat Creek drainage. The hand-line north of the Yellowjacket Sno-park will continue to be pushed toward the rocky slabs south of Setting Sun Mountain. Work toward completion of the preparation and brushing of road systems north of Mazama continues.
Weather: Temperatures will be near 80 degrees with humidity as low as 18%. Fortunately these warmer and drier conditions will not be accompanied by strong winds. Winds are forecast to be light and from the west.
Smoke: Monday is projected to be mostly clear. For smoke conditions and more information, visit wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Closures: The public should be aware that the fire situation is fluid and that new closures could occur with little advance warning. The Forest Service requests that people respect any road closure signs or barricades so the firefighters can safely perform their jobs. There are currently more than 60 roads or trails closed for public safety including Monument Trail #484 and Andrews Creek #504. Complete closure details and maps are available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/.
Evacuation Alert Level: Mazama, Rendezvous and Lost River are under a Level 1 evacuation. A Level 1 notifies residents and visitors to be aware of the danger that may exist in their areas. Monitor emergency services information for updates. The Okanogan County alert system will provide automated alerts to the public. To sign up for this service, visit okanogandem.org or call (509) 422-7206.
Information: (509) 996-4040 (NEW) from 8 am – 6 pm
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Facebook: facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017
Smoke Conditions: wasmoke.blogspot.com
Canada: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/h…/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp…

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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Re: Lost River, Mazama & Rendezvous on Level one:

Today, Monday, a huge, broad plume of Diamond Creek Fire is visible. I hope we get an update of what part of the fire that is coming from.

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Re: Lost River, Mazama & Rendezvous on Level one:

Hi George. I live in Lost River. The plume seems to be coming from Monument Creek area, as best as I can tell. It is the biggest plume that we have seen yet.

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Apparently the wrapped the lookout on Goat Peak for fire protection, Bruce Herron

Bruce Herron Wolf Creek

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https://tinyurl.com/y9wymo4j

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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Free to anyone who will come pick it up. Ikea Fredrik workstation. 96"x62" (I believe Ikea no longer stocks it). Is basically brand new, some pieces still in the original packaging and construction guide included. Is basically a computer workstation/desk, with two upper shelves. Please reply here.    Kathy

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Attention PCT Hikers and High Hunters

Incident: Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:05 hrs. ago
Hart's Pass Pacific Crest Trail Pickup Point Affected by Diamond Creek

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Hart's Pass Road, which provides the northernmost motorized access point on the PCT, are currently open. Should fire activity increase, the PCT and/or Hart's Pass Road could be affected and may be closed to the public. The alternate pickup point for PCT hikers, if the Hart's Pass Road is closed, would be Rainy Pass on Highway 20. Please be prepared for the potential needs to reroute your egress from the Pasayten Wilderness.

Any trail or road closures will be updated daily by the US Forest Service and posted on their fire website. For more information, contact the Diamond Creek Fire at:

Diamond Creek Fire Information: 509-996-4040
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Automated Updates: diamondcreekfire.blogspot.com
Facebook: diamondcreekfire2017

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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September 11, 2017 Evening Update: Diamond Creek Fire Active on Several Fronts
The Diamond Creek Fire was active on Monday as skies cleared and fire conditions increased. Fire spread was observed in 5 areas along the 110,000 acre fire perimeter in Washington and British Columbia.
Active fire spread was observed in the Remmel Creek area on the eastern side of the fire, an unburned island within the central fire perimeter in Wolf Creek area, two areas into Canada and the Monument Creek drainage on the southern perimeter.
Fire observed in Monument Creek saw fire spread to the north, east and west sides of the drainage and backing south down slope. The fire’s southern edge in Monument Creek is now near the Level 2 Evacuation decision line, and over 10 miles away from the community of Mazama. Fire officials report that the danger to the community has not increased.
Three helicopters were utilized today dropping water continually in the Pat Creek area.
Weather conditions tomorrow call for another warm day in the fire area with temperatures in the high 70’s, relative humidity at 24%, and west winds 6-11 mph. Forecasters are calling for temperatures to moderate starting midweek with a possibility of wetting rain by the weekend.
Information: (509) 996-4040 (NEW) from 8 am – 6 pm
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Facebook: facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017
Smoke Conditions: wasmoke.blogspot.com
Canada: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/h…/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp…

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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September 12, 2017 Update: Fire activity increases with warmer weather
Location: 11 miles NNW of Mazama, WA
Total Personnel: 94
Acres: 95,000 U.S; 20,593 (8,334 hectares) Canada
Cause: Believed to be Human
Containment: 30%
Start Date: July 23, 2017
Update: The Diamond Creek Fire became more active on Monday responding to warmer temperatures and drier conditions. The fire developed five small columns; two in Canada, one in the middle of the fire within an unburned island in the Wolf Creek drainage, one on the northeast edge near Remmel Creek and one on the southern perimeter in the Monument Creek drainage. Fire behavior in the Monument Creek drainage consisted mainly of slow runs up the canyon walls without a significant push to the south. Fire managers continued to assess the threat to values at risk in the Mazama area and will change the Evacuation Level if conditions justify. Increased group and individual tree torching was also observed in the upper portions of the Pat Creek drainage where three helicopters concentrated water drops to slow fire movement. The fire in Pat Creek is of concern due to its potential to slop over into the Goat Creek drainage where fuels and topography are aligned for a run to the south. The fire continues to burn into steep, rugged terrain in the Pasaytan Wilderness and is being managed using a confine strategy that combines containment by natural features and full suppression to control the spread toward the town of Mazama.
Today’s Activities: Crews and equipment in the Yellowjacket Creek area will continue to extend their hand and dozer lines to the north. These crews have done a great job building line in the harsh topography south of Setting Sun Mountain. The construction of heli-spots to make access to the fireline and firefighters continues to be a focus. Helicopter bucket drops will again concentrate on the fire in Pat Creek.
Weather: Temperatures will be lower on Tuesday with the high near 73 degrees and forecasted humidity of 27%. The passage of a cold front will shift winds from the west on Tuesday to the north during the overnight and into Wednesday. The cold front transit will bring cooler temperatures for the remainder of the week.
Smoke: Tuesday should be mostly clear of smoke except for those areas directly downwind of the fire. For smoke conditions and more information, visit wasmoke.blogspot.com.
Closures: The public should be aware that the fire situation is fluid and that new closures could occur with little advance warning. The Forest Service requests that people respect any road closure signs or barricades so the firefighters can safely perform their jobs. There are currently more than 60 roads or trails closed for public safety including Monument Trail #484 and Andrews Creek #504. Complete closure details and maps are available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/.
Evacuation Alert Level: Mazama, Rendezvous and Lost River remain under a Level 1 evacuation. A Level 1 notifies residents and visitors to be aware of the danger that may exist in their areas. Monitor emergency services information for updates. The Okanogan County alert system will provide automated alerts to the public. To sign up for this service, visit okanogandem.org or call (509) 422-7206.
Information: (509) 996-4040 from 8 am – 6 pm
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/
Facebook: facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017
Smoke Conditions: wasmoke.blogspot.com
Canada: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/h…/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp…

Ray Peterson - Winthrop

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Level 2 this AM.
"Incident prioritization worksheet social/political considerations moderate. The Pasayten Wilderness is closed east of the PCT. this will impact the high country hunt 9/15 through 9/25. Level 2 evacuation notifications will be implemented on 9/13. The PCT may need to be closed at a later date. the incident has been active for 51 days and has been through multiple transitions and managed at the type 1,2,3 and 4 levels. The current type 3 team has held multiple cooperator meetings, a community meeting attended by 377 people, and will host a second community meeting on 9/13.