Saturday, September 23, 2017

High Cascades Complex East Zone Fire Update, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

High Cascades Complex East Zone Fire Update – Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
High Cascades Complex East Zone Fire Information
Crater Lake National Park Information

Summary: Suppression repair activity increased yesterday as crews accessed more portions of the fire area. Firefighters are reporting ample amounts of snow at higher elevations. Repair work continues to focus on chipping, felling dangerous trees and fixing hand and dozer lines created in fire suppression activities. The Incident Command team is working closely with Forest Service and National Park staff to identify high priorities areas to concentrate repair efforts. A community briefing will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at the Rocky Point Fire Hall.

Closures: Weather conditions and limited fire behavior has allowed the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s High Cascades Ranger District to modify its fire closure areas. The new closure information is available online at: The National Park Service has also lifted the level 1 evacuation notice for Mazama Village.

Firewood: Beginning today, the public will be able to cut firewood from the log pile located at the Junction of Cold Springs Rd. and Hwy 140. The Klamath Ranger District wants to remind the public to be careful in the area as fire repair operations still continue and heavy equipment will be using the road. A firewood permit is required.

North Pelican (3,589 acres, 73% contained) Crews finished grading Cold Springs Road and started chipping efforts along NF Road 350. Excavators began working on Rock Creek Lookout Road today and will continue to repair areas damaged in firefighting operations.

Blanket Creek (33,322 acres, 23% contained) Crews removed the protective covering surrounding Bessie’s Cabin and repaired handline around the structure. Chipping occurred on NF Road 547. Crews will continue chipping and pulling hose for the next few days along the northwest perimeter of the fire.

Spruce Lake (15,826 acres and 22% contained) Two hand crews continued to remove snags and other vegetation from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to access and rehab the southern handline from the Forest Service boundary to Copeland Creek.

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.

Quick Facts
Incident Summary
Fire Locations
Rogue River-Siskiyou NF-High Cascades Ranger District, Fremont-Winema NF-Klamath Ranger District, Crater Lake National Park
Approximate Acreage
52,737 acres (East Zone Only)
39%    (East Zone Only)
Start Dates
North Pelican – 08.10.2017
Spruce Lake – 07.29.2017
Blanket Creek – 07.26.2017
Incident Commander
Tim Roide, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #4
Resources on the Fires
8 hand crews, 14 engines, 2 helicopters
Total Personnel
Online Links
Fire Closures:

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