Wildfire Update - High Cascades Complex, East

The North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park is open and will remain open. West Rim Drive will be open until 9:00 pm Sunday, September 17.

All concession facilities and services remain open for visitors to the Park. There will be an increase in traffic due to the Ride The Rim event today. Visit the Ride The Rim website at http://ridetherim2017.com/ for more information. 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.

Summary: The High Cascades Complex East Zone includes the Spruce Lake, Blanket Creek, and North Pelican fires. A dry cold front is moving into the area today with cooler conditions and gusty winds up to 15 miles per hour.

Spruce Lake Fire (15,789 acres and 27% contained) The fire showed minimal fire behavior as crews continue to strengthen containment lines. Chipping operation was completed yesterday and crews will move to the Blanket Creek Fire to cut down on the traffic in the area of the Ride the Rim event taking place at Crater Lake National Park.

Blanket Creek Fire (31,632 acres and 20% contained) Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east. Crews from the Spruce Lake Fire will help with structure protection assessment of the values at risk in Mazama Village in Crater Lake National Park. The northwest side of the fire is nearing containment. There was some backing and short flame lengths observed yesterday as the fire moved further into the old Middle Fork burn.

North Pelican (3,589 acres and 25% contained) Crews continue to work to the north building containment lines on the fire’s perimeter pushing the fire into the wilderness. Due to inaccessible terrain, crews are attacking the fire on the south indirectly.

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.

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: 51,010 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: 845 personnel (Personnel for the entire complex)

Incident Commander: Steve Millert/Dave Gesser with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3

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.

Video - Southwest Area IMT3 YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMs-ml97KhuXYi-0Y_a-6Lg)