Rains aid Spruce Lake Fire suppression work

Release Date: Aug 8, 2017  

Scattered storm cells are bringing much-needed moisture to the Spruce Lake Fire, including some critical remote areas.

Crater Lake National Park remains open, including all visitor services, concessions, and boat and trolley tours. Although West Rim Drive is closed, the park is accessible via East Rim Drive. The lake is visible and smoke can provide unique sunrise and sunset views.

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Aug. 8) at the Prospect Charter School Multipurpose Room, 160 Mill Creek Dr., Prospect, OR. Residents and visitors will receive updated information about the current status and anticipated trends of the fires, management actions and strategies.

Monday, the footprint of the fire was holding at 4,681 acres, with 19 percent containment.  Some of the fire zone received a quarter inch of rain at some point during the afternoon. In particular, precipitation reinforced containment along West Rim Road and in rugged country along the southern flank. Crews are constructing firelines at the west end and progressing east along the north and south flanks.

Lightning throughout the area caused multiple new starts, which are being handled by initial attack, depending on jurisdiction and ownership.

In Crater Lake National Park, a Level 1 Evacuation Notification is in place for Rim Village and the park headquarters area. This is the first step in the “Be Ready, Be Set, Go!” system. A Level 1 notification means park visitors and residents should be aware they could be asked to leave the area and “Be Ready” to do so. For more information about evacuation levels and procedures, go to http://tinyurl.com/BeReady-BeSet-Go

Air quality is expected to be “Moderate” in Crater Lake National Park today due to smoke. To view current air quality data from a smoke monitor located at park headquarters go to:  oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. To see the current views from four locations at Crater Lake National Park, go to: www.craterlakelodges.com/webcam/

Several trails are closed until further notice for the safety of visitors and firefighters. Affected trails are: the Pacific Crest Trail from the south park boundary to Highway 62, and from the intersection of the Dutton Creek Trail north to the North Entrance Road; Union Peak Trail; Stuart Falls Trail; Pumice Flat Trail; Boundary Springs Trail; Bald Crater Loop Trail; Bert Creek Trail; Discovery Point Trail; Lightning Springs Trail; and the Rim Trail, from Discovery Point to North Junction.

An area west of the fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is also closed to reduce the exposure to risk for fire personnel and the public. See: https://tinyurl.com/SpruceLakeFire

 

Spruce Lake Fire at a Glance

Size: 4,681 acres; 19% Contained

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

Cause: Lightning, Natural

Personnel: 397

Resources:

  3 Type 1 Hotshot Crews

15 Type 2 Crews

  5 Engines      

              1 Dozer 

  6 Falling units

Aircraft (shared with Blanket Creek):

            4 Type 1 heavy helicopters

            2 Type 2 medium helicopters

2 Type 3 light helicopters

Closures:  West Rim Drive, sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and several other trails are closed within Crater Lake National Park. An area closure is in place on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Closures may change as needed for public safety.  Maps are available on Inciweb.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notification is in effect for the Rim Village and Park Headquarters.

Fire Information sources:

Inciweb Fire Information site:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5450/

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