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Thursday, August 4, 2016

8/4/16 Bybee Creek Fire Update

Bybee Creek Fire Update
Fire Information: 907-301-0971,

 Continued hot and dry weather contributed to the growth of the Bybee Creek Fire located in the Crater Lake National Park on Wednesday. Strong east winds blew into the night and pushed the fire towards the Lightning Spring Trail. Despite these conditions, firefighters were able to fight the fire directly from the Rim Road. The Pacific Northwest Team 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Bybee Creek Fire today and will be located at the Incident Command Post at Broken Arrow Overflow Campground.
Firefighters are using several methods to suppress the fire’s growth, including direct and indirect tactics that provide for firefighter and public safety while achieving full suppression objectives. Crews will continue to reinforce fire line and utilize helicopters for water drops. If weather conditions are favorable, firefighters may conduct strategic firing operations from the West Rim Road back down to the fire edge.  Park visitors can expect increased smoke during this time and should drive with caution with lights on. Firefighters are working to keep the fire east of the Pacific Crest Trail, south of the Lightning Springs Trail, and west of the Crater Lake Rim Drive.
Firefighting operations are visible from the Rim Road.  Expect increased traffic in the park and watch for aerial operations. The West Rim Road remains closed from the Rim Village to the North Junction until further notice.  The East Rim Road is open with beautiful views of Crater Lake.
Fire danger remains high in the Crater Lake area. The public should be aware of their surroundings and prepared for changing conditions. Low relative humidity and gusty winds due to thunderstorms are expected over the next couple of days.

Crater Lake National Park implemented Stage Level 1 fire restrictions at midnight July 31, 2016.

Closure: The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Dutton Creek Camp north to the PCT parking lot on North Entrance Road.  PCT hikers should use East Rim Drive as an alternate route.  Lightning Springs Trail and backcountry camp are closed. The West Rim Drive from Rim Village to North Junction is temporarily closed.
For more information regarding closures:

Quick Facts
Incident Summary
Approximate Acreage

Start Date and Cause:
July 28th, unknown
Incident Commander:
Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team 2
on the
Crews: 9
Engines: 8
Water Tenders: 4
Helicopters: 8
Fixed wing air tankers: 2
National Park Service



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