Crater Lake National Park Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

File Photo. Crater Lake National Park. (Brian Gailey)

File Photo. Crater Lake National Park. (Brian Gailey)


CRATER LAKE, OREGON – The park received below average snowfall this winter and continues to have below average precipitation. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and the first heat wave is expected by the end of the week. This has increased the fire danger at Crater Lake National Park. The outlook for significant wildland fire potential is above normal for the next several months.

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To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions will be implemented effective at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 13, 2018:


  • Backcountry campfires are prohibited.
  • Wood fires and charcoal fires are permitted only within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-contained grills, in the following designated areas:
    • Mazama Campground
    • Park residential areas
  • Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas.


  • Smoking is permitted only in the following areas:
    • In vehicles, provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts.
    • While stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground.


  • Fireworks are prohibited in the park at all times.

These restrictions are implemented pursuant to the authority described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(a)(2), 2.13(c) and 2.21(a). Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested. Thank you for your

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