Fires In & Near the Methow Valley

Diamond Creek Fire: Sunday September 24, 2017 Total Personnel: 202 Acres: 127,498 total acres Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 77% (percent of operational objectives completed) Start Date: 7/23/17

Resources continue to make excellent progress on Diamond Creek Fire
Ground resources continued suppression repair work on contingency lines on the southern and eastern flanks of the fire area. Excavator work along 400 Road was completed as well. There was one recon flight over the fire.
As was expected with the slight raise in temperature; fire behavior minimally increased within the perimeter of the fire yesterday. The Monument Creek area and the Pat Creek area continue to carry heat.
Approximately 97,043 acres in the U.S. and 30,454 acres in Canada have burned. No significant growth is expected in the U.S; however, increased fire activity is still possible with the drying weather pattern.

Today’s Activities: Chipping, pile brush stacking, and suppression repair treatments will remain as operational objectives for today. Excavator work will also continue. Resources are monitoring fire activity both on the ground and in the air. Six crews, one engine, one helicopter, and other heavy equipment remain on the incident.

Yesterday the weather over the fire was generally cool and cloudy, but temperatures did trend upward as upper ridging began building. TODAY continues the slow warming trend, but cloud cover should hold. A slight chance (20%) of rain showers in the afternoon and evening. Slope valley winds of 4-8 mph are expected.

Smoke: Expect good air quality conditions over the next couple of days with the possibility of smoke and haze in valley bottoms in the nighttime hours.

Evacuation Alert Level: The Evacuation Level remains at a Level 1 “Alert”.

Completion of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment over the coming days and weeks will address public safety.

Information: (503)765-5724 from 8 am – 6 pm Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5409/ Facebook: facebook.com/diamondcreekfire2017 Smoke Conditions: wasmoke.blogspot.com #DiamondCreekFire #WaWildfire

The FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN OPENED as of September 23, 2017
Goat Creek Road (5200 Road) to the intersection of 5200-500 Road (Drop Point 64)
5225 Road to the intersection of 5225-200 Road. (Goat Peak Lookout Road is open)
West of Diamond Creek Fire:
Hart’s Pass Road> Robinson Creek and Middle Fork of the Pasayten River
East of Diamond Creek Fire:
Falls Creek,
Black Lake,
the lower section of Andrew’s Creek and the Chewuch 510 trail to the confluence of Basin Creek.

MAPS OF OPENED/CLOSED Roads, Trails, etc. HAVE BEEN POSTED for DIAMOND CREEK FIRE Inciweb and Facebook pages.

The current maps are only reflective of the openings effective 9/18/2017 and do not show the most recent opened roads effective 9/23/2017.

Evacuation Alert Level: The Evacuation Level remains at a Level 1 “Alert”.

CLOSURES:

DRONES: While there has been no drone activity over the Diamond Creek Fire, please remember that drones interfere with firefighting efforts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Diamond Creek Fire. Any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face criminal charges as well. For more information on drone use, visit the FAA's website www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Remember, "If you fly, we can't!"

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.

9/18 ROAD and TRAIL CLOSURES: Diamond Creek Fire Wildfire: *Note, see above or on the Diamond Creek Fire Inciweb or Facebook pages for roads that have been opened given the current conditions* otherwise, the roads, trails remain closed. Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. This Order supersedes all previous area, road and trail closure orders for Diamond Creek Fire. This Order is effective until October 15, 2017, unless rescinded. From 2 miles north of Honeymoon Campground to Billy Goat Trailhead Lamb Butte Road Eightmile Ridge Road Goat Creek/Cub Creek Road from County Road 1163 to Cub Pass Roundup Creek Road Long Creek Road West Long Creek Road Long Creek Ridge Road Whiteface Road Goat Creek/Ortell Creek Road Blackpine Basin Road Flag Mountain Loop Road Spokane Gulch Road North Goat Peak Road Lower Gate Creek Road Yellow Jacket Road

TRAILS CLOSURES: Being on any National Forest System closed trail, as displayed in Exibit A. as described below and depicted in Exhibit A. [36 CFR § 261.55(a)]. Closed Forest Service Trails as displayed in Exibit A · #451 - Dollarwatch - · #451 - East Fork Pasayten/Dollarwatch · #454 – Monument 83 · #455 – Ptarmigan Ridge · #456 – Dean Creek · #458 – Tatoosh Buttes · #459 - Drake Creek · #461 – Border Trail · #470 – Lease Creek · #474 – Eureka Creek from the juction with 474A to Lake Doris · #477 - Hidden Lakes · #484 – Monument Creek · #484.1 - Shellrock · #485 - Tatoosh Buttes · #594 – Remmel Cutoff · #500 - Lake Creek From the north end of Black Lake to the junction with the Boundary Trail #533 · #502 - Larch Creek · #502A - Burch Mtn. · #502B - Drake Creek · #502.1 – Billy Goat · #502.3 – Corral Lake · #503 - Spanish Creek · #504 – Andrews Creek · #505 – Coleman Ridge from junciton with FS Trail #510 to junction with FS Trail #561 · #506 – Parks Pass · #510 – Chewuch – from the junction with Cathedral Driveway Trail #510.1 to the junction with the Boundary Trail #533 · #514 - Diamond Jack · #518 – Falls Creek · #519 – Copper Glance · #523 – Eightmile Ridge · #525 - Peepsight · #525.1 – Spotted Creek · #529 – Sheep Mountain · #532 - Eightmile (Diamond Point) · #533 – Boundary – From the junction with Trail #478 – Robinson Creek to where the trail is southwest of Teapot Dome. · #534 – Tungsten · #537 – Little Andrews – from the junction with Coleman Ridge Trail #505 to just South of Coleman Peak · #538 – Burch Mountain · #545 – Beaver Lake · #547 – Sheep Lake · #548 - McCall Gulch · #565 - Lesamiz · #572 – Bald Mountain


Where is the smoke coming from?

The following NOAA site shows smoke movement in this area. Arrow over the rows to get more info.

National NOAA Smoke Map

Air Quality in Winthrop

Washington Smoke Blog


Local and NW Fire Information Sources

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center: large fire info, daily updates.Northwest Coordination Center .

News releases from the Okanogan WenatcheeOWNF's news releases website.

OWNF Twitter (read tweeted messages online)OkaWen twitter site.

Washington DNRDNR website.

Washington DNR twitterDNR twitter.

Dispatch records for Wildfire at Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC). CWICC's website.

CONFINE: limit spread with natural or created barriers. Surveillance but often minimal suppression. (e.g. steep, rocky).
CONTAIN: control line surrounding fire is reasonably expected to check the fires spread under predicted conditions.
CONTROL: line (often blacklined) sufficient to stop fires spread.


National Fire Information Sources

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Daily update on major fires in the U.S. FireInfo.

Incident Information System includes information for major fires in USA. Incident Information website.


British Columbia Fire Information

British Columbia Wildfire Information BC Fire Info.

Canada Fire Info MapCanada Fire Info Map.