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Level 1 evacuations ordered due to Diamond Creek Fire

Sep 05, 2017

Level one evacuations are now in effect for the communities of Lost River, Mazama, and Rendezvous due to the 95,000 acre Diamond Creek Fire.

Okanogan County Emergency Management sent out the notice on Tuesday saying:

A Level One alert has been issued for the Lost River area to Mazama, east to Lancaster Road near Mile Post 188 on State Route 20, North to Diamond T Road off of Rendezvous Road, North to Cub Creek Road intersection with Forest Service Road 521-5300, and West to Lost River.

Persons should be aware that the Diamond Creek Fire is advancing towards the Lost River area.

This is an ALERT LEVEL ONE advisory.

No evacuation is needed at this time.

Persons should have an evacuation plan in place.

Persons should be aware of their surroundings and take action if needed.

On Monday firefighters reported moderate spread to the east and north in the Spanish Creek and Ashonola Creek areas. To the southwest, the fire crested over Butte Pass but remained hung up in the upper reaches of the Monument Creek area in extremely rocky terrain. An inversion resulted in heavy smoke, severely limiting air resources.

Fire managers are anticipating a shift in winds to the southeast resulting in potentially less new growth in the Monument Creek, Remmel Lake and Ptarmigan Creek areas. However, another day of critical fire weather and an abundance of dead and down timber may result in continued fire spread to the west and northwest. Helicopter and ground crews will be utilized as it is safe to do so.

Due to continued fire growth and smoke, a community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 6, 2017 from 6pm-7pm at the Red Barn in Winthrop. Fire managers will be available to provide detailed information and maps.

Closures: 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/.

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