Wildfire Update - High Cascades Complex, East Zone

**** Cooler weather helping firefighting efforts. Southwest IMT 3 to transition to Great Basin IMT 4 Today. ****

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 tonight. All concession facilities and services remain open for visitors to the Park. Motorists and visitors to the area also need to be aware of delays on Highway 230 between Union Creek and the junction with Highway 138 due to road construction.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team #3 will transition with the Great Basin Incident Management Team #4 today. The High Cascades Complex East Zone includes the Spruce Lake, Blanket Creek, and North Pelican fires.

A dry cold front has moved into the area bringing winds out of the west, southwest that will have gusts to about 25 miles per hour by this afternoon.

Spruce Lake Fire (15,826 acres and 22% contained) Aerial observations were done yesterday. No movement was detected and no growth is expected with the cooler and wetter weather moving into the fire area.

Blanket Creek Fire (33,322 acres and 21% contained) Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines to the north and east. There was fire activity along the southwest side as it moved through the old Middle Fork burn.

North Pelican (3,589 acres and 73% contained) Heavy equipment and crews continued construction of contingency lines. Fire behavior today was quiet with not much movement.

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

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.

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://

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: 52,737 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: 326
Incident Commander: Steve Millert/Dave Gesser with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3