Wildfire Update - High Cascades Complex, East Zone

The High Cascades Complex East Zone includes the Spruce Lake, Blanket Creek, and North Pelican fires. A cold front is moving into the area today with cooler conditions and gusty winds. The cooler temperatures will remain through the weekend with low temperatures down to freezing.

Spruce Lake Fire (15,660 acres and 27% contained) The fire showed minimal fire behavior as crews continue to strengthen the fire lines. Chipping operation will be completed today.

Blanket Creek Fire (31,470 acres and 11% contained) Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east to hold it off the highway corridor. The structure protection team continues to assess the values at risk in Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park and are in the process of developing a structure protection plan.

North Pelican (3,427 acres and 25% contained) Crews continue to work to the north building containment lines on the fires perimeter pushing the fire into the wilderness.

A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect for Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park. Level 1 is the first step in the “Be Ready, Be Set, Go!” system. For more information about evacuation levels and procedures, go to http://tinyurl.com/BeReady-BeSet-Go.

Closure Information: As a result of the fires in the High Cascades Complex, a number of area road and trail closures are in place within Crater Lake National Park, Rogue-River Siskiyou, Umpqua, and Fremont-Winema National Forests. More road and trail closures may go into effect as the fires progress. For specific closure information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503.

The North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park remain closed. West Rim Drive will reopen on Friday at 4:00 pm. All concession facilities and services remains open for visitors to the Park. Motorists and visitors to the area also need to be aware of delays on Hwy 230 between Union Creek and the junction with Highway 138 due to road construction.

Smoke Outlook: A full smoke forecast can be viewed at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503. To see visibility at Crater Lake National Park, check out the webcams at https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.

Location: High Cascades Ranger District, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Klamath Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest, Crater Lake National Park

Start Date: 
North Pelican August 10, 2017, 
Spruce Lake July 29, 2017, 
Blanket Creek July 26, 2017

Cause: Lightning
Size: 50,557 Acres
Percent Contained: 16% (% encompasses total of both East and West zone of the complex excluding Spruce Lake fire from the Complex)
Vegetation: timber, brush, heavy logging slash Resources Assigned: 932 personnel (Personnel for the entire complex)
Incident Commander: Steve Millert/Dave Gesser with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership - SCOFMP
Crater Lake National Park
U.S. Forest Service - Fremont-Winema National Forest