Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/2017 Diamond Creek fire to get an Air Resource Advisor

The Diamond Creek fire, deep in the Pasayten Wilderness of north central Washington, is currently the largest and most active wildfire in the state (8,678 acres as of August 4). Because of it's remote and difficult-to-access location, it is likely to continue burning and causing air quality issues for the surrounding area until mother nature sends the firefighters an assist in the form of fall rains. Because of the smoke issues and the expected duration of the fire, the Incident Command team has ordered an Air Resource Adviser to help them inform the local communities about potential smoke impacts from the fire. So in the next couple of days people in the communities of Winthrop, Twisp, Okanogan, and Omak can expect to see some custom air quality information and predictions posted here on the smoke blog and in their communities. In addition, an extra smoke monitor is planned for deployment in Mazama.

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