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Fire near Nordman grows to 120 acres

August 5, 2022

The Diamond Watch Fire was initially detected on the evening of July 14. It was started by lightning and is visible from the Priest Lake area. The fire is located 5.5 miles due west of Nordman and is burning on a ridge to the east of Diamond Peak in Pend Oreille County, Washington. An infrared flight mapped the recent growth at 120 acres, with most of the heat showing now on the south aspect.

This growth is associated with a predicted uptick in fire behavior due to high temperatures, winds, and periods of very low relative humidity.

There are no closures or evacuations associated with this fire at this time, but please be aware of fire traffic and heavy equipment on Forest Service Road 1362 and FSR 308 please expect some minor delays on FSR 308.

Firefighters are currently working alongside heavy equipment to reinforce containment line along road systems, as well as evaluating other terrain features such as ridges and creeks where there is a higher probability of success compared to the current fire perimeter. Mastication is occurring to remove fuels from roadsides to support holding and containment, while ground crews work to construct handline at the head of Diamond Creek.

This is a suppression fire with a confine strategy. Suppression activities are occurring where they have the greatest probability of success while limiting exposure to firefighting resources.

It is recommended that all area residents living in fire prone areas have an evacuation plan in place including having all important documents, pictures, prescriptions and pets gathered up and easily transportable.

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