Diamond Creek fire tops 6,700 acres

— WINTHROP – The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, has grown to 6,725 acres and is 11 percent contained as of mid-morning today, Aug. 1.

The human-caused fire is about four air miles from the Billy Goat Trailhead, 16 air miles north of Mazama and 8.5 miles south of the Canadian border.

Flames continued to spread Monday, July 31, along the north end of the Dollar Creek drainage, with helicopters dropping water to slow fire spread. The fire has backed down to the Lost River on the western perimeter; spread is limited on the east side because of the 2003 Farewell Fire scar.

Management plans to continue dropping water on the fire and will wrap structures near the Billy Goat Trailhead to protect them. Where conditions allow, firefighters are working to confine spread of the blaze, which is burning in steep terrain.

Burnout operations could start tomorrow.

Smoke from several fires throughout the region and in Canada is impacting air quality county-wide.

Several trails in the area are closed, but the fire does not affect access to the Pacific Crest or Pacific Northwest rails. Visitors to the Pasayten are asked to check conditions first and to register at trailheads, since officials need to know how many people are in the wilderness area in case evacuations are needed.

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