Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Timber Crater 6 Fire update Tuesday, July 24

Timber Crater 6 Fire Update
July 24, 2018, 9:00 am
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Contact us at: TimberCrater6.2018@gmail.com  - Fire Information: 541-238-2084 (GoogleVoice) or 541-291-4158
Crater Lake National Park, OR – At 15% containment and with 588 people assigned, Timber Crater 6 fire managers are pleased with progress to date in keeping the fire to the smallest size possible with a reasonable probability of success.  Acreage is steady at 2355 acres.
Weather:  Humidity is inching higher than previous levels and is now in the mid 20% to low 30% range.  Again, there is a notable possibility of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and early evening.  Overnight humidity recovery has been good across the fire and is expected to continue.  ThroughSaturday, temperatures in the mid to high 80s will persist, and light northwest winds are expected.
Yesterday:  Hot shot crews made good progress on the north and west sides of the fire, working direct along the fire edge.  Crews on other areas of the fire successfully completed mop up, secured lines after the burnouts, and did burnout work ahead of the fire’s east side.  Aircraft water drops were limited due to poor visibility.
Plans for Today: To secure the fire, crews will continue burnouts to the southeast.  In addition, they will construct line on the south, west and northwest; hold and secure previous burnout areas to the west and south; and mop up to the east.
 Visibility permitting, two CL415s – fixed wing water bomber planes -- may be scooping from Crescent, Lost Creek and Miller Lakes to make water drops – not retardant drops – in the park.  They may be assisted by a type one and a type 3 helicopter.  For safety reasons, recreationists on these lakes may be asked to leave the water in the event scooping operations take place.
Smoke:  The majority of smoke visible in Crater Lake National Park is from the many fires burning across the Northwest Region that are producing smoke depending on prevailing winds. At times, this has resulted in reduced visibility and lower air quality. This pattern will continue as long as fires to the west of Crater Lake National Park can be extinguished. The Timber Crater 6 Fire and strategic burn operations have generated smoke that has flowed toward Hwy. 97.  A smoke monitor will be installed near the rim of Crater Lake.
Closures/Restrictions: At this time the Timber Crater 6 Fire is not a threat to park attractions or to visitors. All areas in the Crater Lake National Park are open. There are no road closures related to the fire in the park. Please respect all park fire restrictions. Campfires are only allowed in established grills or designated campfire rings in Mazama Campground.  The Emergency Forest Closure for portions of the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect. Check the Forest web page for details. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/fremont-winema/home  
Fire managers want park guests to have a fun and safe experience in the Crater Lake National Park. Visitors should expect to see large firefighting equipment on roadways. Please drive slowly and use extra caution as fire vehicles may stop in unexpected locations, and if backing, the operator of the equipment may not be able to see smaller passenger vehicles in their mirrors.
Follow Us: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5986/  or the Crater Lake National Park Facebook page and https://swojic.blogspot.com

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