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: http://bit.ly/2b8gNfz
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: www.nps.gov/crla
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday July 28th, 2016 approx. 01:30 PM|
|Incident Commander||IC Winkler|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday August 09th, 2016 approx. 08:00 PM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Continue to hold and patrol fire line. Mop-up control line, continue suppression repair, and remove equipment.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours - smoldering, creeping
24 hours - smoldering, creeping
48 hours - smoldering, creeping
The Bybee Creek Fire continues to be visible from Crater Lake Rim Drive and surrounding mountain peaks. Fire activity is confined to isolated creeping and smoldering associated with pockets of unburned fuel. Spot fire within the Crater Lake Caldera is contained by natural barriers, but may continue to be visible.
The incident is now being managed as a Type 4 incident.