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Monday, August 8, 2016

8/8/16 Bybee Creek Fire Update

As of 8am on August 8th, the West Rim Road reopened to the public for the first time in a week. This comes a day after the Pacific Crest Trail and Rim Trail also reopened.  Fire personnel and vehicles will still be present, especially along the West Rim Road and the public is asked to be aware of extra caution signs and adhere to all warnings.  Road construction that began before the fire started will also continue on West Rim Road and drivers should expect short delays.  The Temporary Flight Restriction over the Bybee Creek Fire was also lifted.
Throughout the coming days, visitors may still see smoke as small unburned islands within the fire perimeter continue to burn and also as trees fall.  Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail should be extra cautious and stay on the trail. Smoke may occasionally be visible from the small spot fire burning in the caldera, which is surrounded by a natural barrier of pumice. 
Approximately 150 fire personnel and four helicopters will continue operations around the fire including patrolling the fireline, mop-up operations, and removing fire related equipment from the area.
On Tuesday, August 9th at 6am, the Pacific Northwest Type I Incident Management Team that has been overseeing the incident will transition the incident back to a local incident commander and resources. 

Fire Restrictions: Crater Lake National Park Stage Level 1 fire restrictions remain in effect.   For more information visit:

Closure: Lightning Springs Trail and backcountry camp are closed.

This will be the last update for the Bybee Creek Fire. For future information, please visit:

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: 2
Water Tenders: 5
Helicopters: 4
Fixed wing air tankers: 0
National Park Service

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