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Diamond Creek Fire assessment identifies long-term damage to trails, soil, streams

Diamond Creek Fire assessment identifies long-term damage to trails, soil, streams

A post-fire assessment of the Diamond Creek Fire identified potential “threats to human life and safety” along wilderness trails in severely burned areas, and in the communities of Lost River and Mazama, which are downstream of the burned area and could experience flooding. More than half of the area ...
Diamond Creek Fire still smoldering, some closures lifted

Diamond Creek Fire still smoldering, some closures lifted

Although the Diamond Creek Fire has seen very little activity in recent weeks, it is still smoldering in the interior, meaning that most trail closures remain in effect. Fire managers have been able to lift some road closures, allowing access to more backcountry sites …
Diamond Creek Fire continues to wind down; repairs underway

Diamond Creek Fire continues to wind down; repairs underway

The Diamond Creek Fire, which has been burning in the Pasayten Wilderness for 10 weeks, is winding down and U.S. Forest Service crews are focusing on repairing damage resulting from actions taken to suppress the wildfire. Crews are repairing areas around contingency fire lines that …
Assessing the Diamond Creek Fire’s effects on wilderness

Assessing the Diamond Creek Fire’s effects on wilderness

  Backcountry trails, wildlife habitat will be impacted By Ann McCreary Reconnaissance flights over the area burned by the Diamond Creek Fire, which is still burning in some places, are revealing the extent of the fire’s effects on trails, camps, habitat and structures. More assessments of the burn severity within the almost 127,498 acres burned...
Canyon Creek Fire called ‘suspicious’ by investigators

Canyon Creek Fire called ‘suspicious’ by investigators

The Canyon Creek Fire, which burned 1,200 acres north of Carlton in July, was “suspicious in nature,” said investigators, but they were unable to determine a specific cause of the fire. They completed their investigation Sept. 7. In his final investigation report, John McDonald …
Cooler temps, moisture help moderate Diamond Creek Fire

Cooler temps, moisture help moderate Diamond Creek Fire

What a difference a week makes — at least when it comes to the Diamond Creek Fire. Last Wednesday (Sept. 13), many Methow Valley residents were anxious after being notified that areas of Mazama, Lost River and the Rendezvous were placed on Level 2 evacuation …
Diamond Creek Fire: What you need to knowSept. 14 update

Diamond Creek Fire:
What you need to know
Sept. 14 update

Level 2 evacuation declared By Marcy Stamper and Ann McCreary Fire managers raised the evacuation alert for the Diamond Creek Fire to Level 2 (be prepared to leave) for Mazama, Lost River and the Rendezvous on Wednesday (Sept. 13). The heightened alert came a week after the management team issued a Level 1 alert for...
Diamond Creek Fire: What you need to know

Diamond Creek Fire: What you need to know

By Marcy Stamper Almost 400 people crowded the Winthrop Barn on Wednesday (Sept. 6) to learn what firefighters are doing to combat the Diamond Creek Fire. The following includes information from fire officials and the Okanogan County emergency manager at that meeting, and about suppression activities and fire status on Thursday (Sept. 7). Q. Why...
Diamond Creek Fire triples in size as hot, dry conditions persist

Diamond Creek Fire triples in size as hot, dry conditions persist

After primarily burning pockets within its existing perimeter for several weeks, the Diamond Creek Fire intensified in the past 10 days, almost tripling in size to 95,000 acres. Fire officials were prompted to issue the lowest evacuation level …
DNR bans all outdoor burning

DNR bans all outdoor burning

Washington state DNR press release: Statewide ban expands upon local restrictions OLYMPIA – With multiple fires burning on the landscape and communities suffering from dense layers of smoke, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded its burn ban to cover the entire state. “Wildfire and smoke are affecting every community around the...