Fire Prevention Week is this week in Washington, with officials touting the theme “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!”
DENVER, Colo. – The Western Governors Association is urging congressional leadership to fix the present approach to budgeting for wildfire costs at the departments of the interior and agriculture.
The Diamond Creek Fire isn’t yet out, but it’s dying down.
A fire that blackened more than 3,200 acres of land southwest of town was contained Oct. 1.
Effective today, Sept. 29, campfire restrictions will be reduced on national forest lands in Okanogan County.
The state Department of Natural Resources has rescinded the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands, although some burn restrictions are still in place for parts of northeast Washington.
The National Park Service has lifted the burn ban imposed this summer on all lands within the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is lifting fire restrictions in eastern Washington.
The Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management has lifted the fire alert for the Lost River, Mazama and Rendezvous areas.
The Diamond Creek Fire is 70 percent contained, with a revised size of 127,498 acres burned as of Friday, Sept. 22.
Several land management agencies have eased campfire and burning restrictions on public lands.
Okanogan County Emergency Management has downgraded the Diamond Creek Fire evacuation alert level for the Lost River, Mazama and Rendezvous areas.
The Diamond Creek Fire, which has blackened 129,000 acres in the United States and Canada, grew some over the weekend as mild weather moved into the region.
The Diamond Creek Fire continues to burn north of town, but strong north winds forecast for Thursday, Sept. 14, did not materialize.
Harts Pass Road has been closed because of the Diamond Creek Fire.