Saturday, September 9, 2017

High Cascade Complex Update for 9/9/17

                                        SOUTHWEST INCIDENT                               
                                        MANAGEMENT TEAM 3                                                                                               

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
High Cascades Complex East Zone Fire Information Phone Number
(541) 238-7164

Crater Lake National Park Information
(541) 594-3153

Location: High Cascades Ranger District, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Klamath Ranger District, Fremont Winema National Forest, Crater Lake National Park
Start Date: Pelican August 10, 2017, Spruce Lake July 29, 2017, Blanket Creek July 26, 2017   Cause: Lightning    
Size: 48,411 Acres   Percent Contained: 20%
Vegetation: Closed Timber Litter, Timber, Brush, Heavy Logging Slash   Resources Assigned: 644 personnel
Incident Commander: Steve Millert/Dave Gesser with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3
The North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park is now open. West Rim Drive reopened Friday at 6:00 pm.  It is scheduled to remain open until Sunday at 9:00 pm. All concession facilities and services remain open for visitors to the Park. There will be an increase in traffic due to the Ride The Rim event today. Visit the Ride The Rim website at for more information. Motorists and visitors to the area also need to be aware of delays on Hwy 230 between Union Creek and the junction with Hwy 138 due to road construction.
Summary: The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 will assume command of the High Cascades Complex East Zone at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017. The complex includes Spruce Lake Fire (14,411 acres) Blanket Creek Fire (30,725 acres) North Pelican (3,474 acres) The three fires showed minimal fire behavior yesterday. With firefighter and public safety in the forefront, crews will continue to assess and locate contingency lines to protect values at risk. Plans also include holding and monitoring of dozer, direct and indirect hand lines constructed.
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
Smoke Outlook: A full smoke forecast can be viewed at: To see visibility at Crater Lake National Park, check out the webcams at
Closure Information: As a result of the fires in the High Cascades Complex, 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 
For further information please visit the following links:
Joint Information Center:

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