Fire report from Diamond Lake Resort

troutdude

Moderator
First of all. All employees and guests of Diamond Lake Resort are accounted for and left safely. The fate of our houses and the resort will be known in the morning.

If you have reservations today or this week watch this page for information. At this time nobody is at the resort to answer phones.

WHAT HAPPENED?
We reported a small smoke north west of Mt. Thielsen Tuesday morning. By Tuesday late afternoon the fire was producing a large column of smoke. At dusk the fire was fanned by high winds and gusts. We were told at that time if the fire comes over the ridge we need to evacuate the area. The Forest Service told us there were no resources to help us.

At about 11 pm it was obvious that the fire was over the ridge and heading down towards Hwy 138. At this time we started Evacuating employees and guests from the lodge area and the RV Park. At about 2:30 am we had everyone out. At the same time the Douglas County Sheriff and Forest Service evacuated the campgrounds. About that time is when the fire jumped Hwy 138 at mile post 78.

As I write this a large group of employees are with me at the junction of Hwy 138 and Hwy 97. Not knowing what we will come back to.

Diamond Lake Resort fire
 

troutdude

Moderator
It's 11:00 a.m. on Thursday the 10th. Here is an update shared 16 hours ago:

"Law enforcement and Forest Service let me in the resort area this afternoon. GOOD NEWS all buildings still in tact. We are not home free yet but mother nature did us a big one. Winds changed direction after evacuation and pushed the fire north. Still in level 3 go evacuation. Do not know when we will be able to return to get things operating again. Thank everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers!"
 

brandon4455

Well-known member
A fly fishing friend was there and had to be evacuated only a short time into his trip. It has creep north of the lake and some of it slightly west. Hoping the resort and most of the campgrounds remain okay!
 

Admin

Admin
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The Thielsen Fire burning near Diamond Lake is at 6,700 acres and only 1 percent contained.

An update from the U.S. Forest Service said the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the fire on Tuesday. The fire is within 1 mile of Diamond Lake Resort and 5 miles north of Crater Lake National Park. Level 3 evacuations are in place for the Diamond Lake, Lemolo Lake and Toketee Ranger Station areas.

The update said the spread potential for the fire is still high and firefighter safety remains a concern due to access to fire and steep terrain, including spread towards Cinnamon Butte. Crews plan to use direct attack where possible, using heavy equipment and firing as needed.

Although smoke may limit daytime heating and wind strength, dry and breezy conditions are expected each afternoon over the next several days, with gusty south to southwest winds. Overnight recoveries should generally improve through the week. The trough responsible for the breezy winds will slowly move onshore over the next few days, with chances for light precipitation increasing from west to east this week. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms on Thursday.

 
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