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Diamond Creek Fire swells to 12,500 acres, smoke from B.C. fires help limit growth

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(Photo courtesy of ncwlife.com)

MAZAMA- The Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness in Northeast Washington continues to burn along steep slopes in the Diamond Creek Drainage and Billy Goat Trailhead.

Traci Weaver, Communications Specialist with the US Forest Service, says fire crews have built fire lines completely around the 12,500-acre blaze and have even had a little help from the wildfires burning in British Columbia.

“We’re having to build a little bit bigger box around that fire to contain it due to the terrain and the fuels that it is burning in,” Weaver said. “One of the benefits of the smoke from the fires in Canada is it has actually shaded out the Diamond Creek Fire several times and limited growth to some extent.”

Topping out at 12,525 acres as of August 9, a Type III management team will take over in the next few days as crews continue to make good progress on the blaze, Weaver said.

No homes or structures have been lost in the Diamond Creek Fire, and it’s burning about 20 to 30 miles north of Mazama.

(By Kaitlin Hetterscheidt, courtesy of ncwlife.com)

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