100 acre fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

WENATCHEE, Wash --- A fire is burning in the Pasayten wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest about 18 miles north of Mazama.

It has grown to 100 acres since this morning and is continuing to spread to the east/southeast, said the United States Forest Service. Eight smokejumpers were deployed this morning from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress the fire.

Incident Commander Inaki Baraibar reported the fire is still making short runs this afternoon and firefighters are seeing some short-range spotting. Spotting is where hot embers from the fire are cast out in front of the fire and ignite small spot fires in front of the main blaze.

The Diamond Creek Fire is being pushed by gusty winds and smoke is visible from this fire to Methow Valley Residents.

The Forest Service has closed the Billy Goat Trailhead, the Hidden Lakes Trail, Larch Creek Trail and the Drake Trail until they get more control over the fire.

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