Wildfire Update: High Cascades Complex

East Zone Update

*** Firefighers continue to work in rain and snow. ***

All three fires received wetting rains Monday night. Although some heat remains in dead and down surface fuels and litter, rains, cooler temperatures and high humidity greatly assisted firefighting efforts. As fire progression slows, crews will develop plans to rehabilitate hand and dozer lines used in suppression operations. The Incident Command Post was busy today constructing large tents with heaters to provide returning crews a warm place to dry out after a long day on the fire line. Inclement weather impeded aerial observations so no new acreage is available.

Spruce Lake Fire: (15,826 acres and 22% contained) Little fire growth is expected but active monitoring will continue.

Blanket Creek Fire: (33,322 acres and 28% contained) Crews conducted a minor backfire operation to button up a hot spot near constructed line along the southwest edge. Crews continue to prep between forest road 800 and 600, removing hazard trees to prepare for possible dozer work. Structure protection continued at Mazama Village.

North Pelican Fire: (3,589 acres and 73% contained) Heavy equipment and crews continued improving contingency lines on the north and southwest edges. Crews started to evaluate possible suppression repair opportunities. Weather permitting, crews will begin some suppression repair today along the southern boundary.

Weather: A robust rain event is expected the next few days. Total rainfall will range from one to almost two inches. Snow of up to eight inches is anticipated at elevations above 6000 feet. A warming and drying trend begins Thursday as high pressure builds over the Pacific Northwest.

Closures: 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. For specific closure information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503. The North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park is open. The West Rim Drive is closed until Friday at 4:00 p.m. due to construction. 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.

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.

Incident Summary Quick Facts
Fire Locations: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest; Fremont-Winema National Forest-Klamath Ranger District; Crater Lake National Park; 
Approximate Acreage: 52,737 acres (East Zone Only)
Containment: 39% (East Zone Only)

Start Date: 
North Pelican – 08.10.2017
Spruce Lake – 07.29.2017
Blanket Creek – 07.26.2017

Cause: Lightning
Incident Commander: Tim Roide, Great Basin Incident Management Team #4
Total Personnel: 339

BASIN ADVENTURES - Top 3 Fall Colors Locations in the Klamath Basin

We are already twelve days in to September and summer is officially coming to an end in just ten days. Yes, you read that right, ten days. Pretty soon the cool crisp mornings we enjoy will turn in to defrosting the car and scraping windows.

With the changing of the seasons come the changing leaves. Here are three of the best locations in Klamath Basin for watching the fall colors.

It has been my experience that leaves will begin to change by late September, with the peak of colors being around the 3rd week of October. However, when they change - they will change fast. By the first frost and first wind storm, many of the trees will be barren and the short season for fall colors will be over.

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Fall Colors in Fort Klamath - Images: Brian Gailey

Fall Colors in Fort Klamath - Images: Brian Gailey

Fort Klamath – One of my all-time favorite locations for fall colors, is the Wood River in Fort Klamath. Specifically, the Wood River Recreation Area located off Sun Mountain Road. This location has some of the best Aspen & Cottonwood groves in the county. It also has some flat well-maintained trails that are ADA accessible too. Also included in this location is Kimball State Park. The blue pristine waters of Kimball Park make for some amazing fall colors viewing opportunity.


Fall Colors in Rocky Point, Ore. - Image: Point Comfort Lodge,  http://bit.ly/2eUeWxq

Fall Colors in Rocky Point, Ore. - Image: Point Comfort Lodge, http://bit.ly/2eUeWxq

Rocky Point – The area around Rocky Point is full of Aspen trees. A great location for viewing is at the public boat launch off Rocky Point Road near the Rocky Point Resort. The golden leaves coupled with the reflections of the lake and the lodge of the resort. Make for some postcard like photography opportunities.

Another great location is at the Pelican Guard Station and the meadow just east of Westside Road.


Fall Colors at the Linkville Cemetery - Image: Brian Gailey

Fall Colors at the Linkville Cemetery - Image: Brian Gailey

Linkville Cemetery – One of the best kept secrets in Klamath Falls regarding the fall colors is the Linkville Cemetery. The historic cemetery is home to dozens of mature oak, elm and maple trees. These leaves turn a variety of colors throughout the season.

When they fall, they make a beautiful carpet of golden leaves. However, you need to act fast. As the city maintenance crews are quick to picking up the leaves once they fall. The unique headstones of the cemetery make for some interesting photography opportunities and it’s just an overall great time to visit the grounds.


Fall Colors at the Running Y Ranch Resort - Image: Brian Gailey

Fall Colors at the Running Y Ranch Resort - Image: Brian Gailey

BONUS • Running Y Ranch Resort – The Running Y has some great man made landscape opportunities that offer great viewing for the fall colors. The front pond near the entrance at Highway 140 is full of leafing trees. The pond near the golf course is also a good location for fall colors as is the golf course.


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