Spruce Lake Fire pushes east, approaches barriers

Release Date: Aug 5, 2017  

Contact(s): Blanket Creek Fire Information, 541-560-3359


The Spruce Lake Fire has grown rapidly to 4668 acres, when measured at 10:00 pm last night, but continued to spread overnight.  It has been running to the east and southeast, pushed by west winds deeper into Crater Lake National Park.  The fire is generally burning west of the West Rim Road, and has spotted across the Road in at least one site.  The local lodgepole pine forest, with lots of pitch, sunlit crowns, and many dead trees, is conducive to spotting and rapid fire spread.  Crews are focused on securing the rear and flanks of the fire, preventing broader spread to the north and south.  Spot fires near West Rim Drive are being evaluated for suppression action.

As the body of the fire expands it is approaching several natural and manmade barriers that will slow its spread.  Wetter areas along creeks and bogs initially confined the fire and, as it continues east toward the steep slopes of the caldera and Crater Lake itself, the vegetation becomes more sparse and patchy.

The residual containment lines from several recent fires may also contribute to containment opportunities.  Firelines constructed to stop the Bybee Fire in 2016 and the National Creek Fire in 2015 are being evaluated for reuse as containment lines as the Spruce Lake Fire approaches.

The West Rim Road and many hiking trails on the west and southwest sides of Crater Lake National Park are closed.  The Rim Village and Park Headquarters are under a Level 1 Evacuation Notification ensuring that people are aware of fire activity in the area.  Park visitors are not at risk due to fire. Crater Lake National Park and its concessions remain open and welcome visitors. Alternate routes and activities are available to enjoy the Park.  However, air quality is forecast to be at “Unhealthy” levels today due to smoke. To view current visual smoke impacts from Rim Village go to: www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams   To view current air quality data from a smoke monitor at the Park Headquarters go to:  oregonsmoke.blogspot.com 

Closures within Crater Lake National Park:

Road: West Rim Drive from Munson Valley Road to North Junction

Trails: The Pacific Crest Trail within Crater Lake National Park.  National Forests to the north (Umpqua) and south (Rogue River – Siskiyou and Fremont – Winema) of the Park are coordinating to inform hikers and develop alternate routes.  Many other trails such as the Rim Trail from Discovery Point to North Junction, the Boundary Springs Trail, the Bald Crater Loop Trail, the Bert Creek Trail, the Lightning Springs Trail, and the Discovery Point Trail are closed.  Closures will expand as needed to protect public safety.

Area: An area west of the fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is also closed. See: www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.

Fire at a Glance

Size: 4,668 acres; 5% Contained

Location: Mostly inside Crater Lake National Park, west of Crater Lake

Cause: Lightning, Natural

Personnel: 537

Resources:

  2 Type 1 Hotshot Crews

15 Type 2 Crews

  9 Engines

  8 Water Tenders

  1 Dozer

  3 Falling units

  1 Grader

 Aircraft (shared with Blanket Creek):

3 Type 1 heavy helicopters

2 Type 2 medium helicopters

2 Type 3 light helicopters

Closures:  A closure of the West Rim Drive, Pacific Crest Trail and several other trails has occurred within Crater Lake National Park. An area closure is in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  Closures will expand as needed to protect public safety.  Maps are being developed and will be available on Inciweb.

Fire Information sources:

Inciweb Fire Information site:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5450/

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