Spruce Lake Fire

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Spruce Lake Fire

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Approximate Location

42.98 latitude, -122.282 longitude

Incident Overview

Start Date: July 29, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 4,885 acres Containment: 45% Personnel: 401

Location: West side of Crater Lake National Park

Current Situation: Yesterday, crews made progress on securing fire line in the north section of the fire just west of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Crews will continue to work on extinguishing hot spots just east of the trail. On the southeastern portion of the fire, crews will be using minimum impact tactics and extinguishing hot spots on the fire line. The area to the northeast is being monitored as the natural barriers have slowed the fire’s progression

A Community Meeting at Diamond Lake Campground Amphitheater, Sunday August 13th for a fire information update for Crater Lake NP, Umpqua NF, and Rogue River-Siskiyou NF.

Initial Attack: Firefighters responded to approximately 40 new lightning ignitions across the High Cascades Ranger District and Crater Lake National Park. These fires are being staffed and have been able to place at least 10 of those fires within monitoring status.

For a current map of the area including the Blanket Creek Fire, click here.

Defensible Space: Check out how resources at Crater Lake National Park are creating defensible space around facilities, campground, and other infrastructure. Learn how you can prepare your home using firewise techniques. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/5450/0/68605/

Crater Lake NP Trail Closures: West Rim Road is now open for through traffic only and no stopping is permitted. Rim Trail has also opened. Other trail closures remain in place: Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Trail to North Entrance Road; Boundary Springs Trail; Bald Crater Loop Trail; Lightning Springs Trail; Watchman Trail; Bear Creek Trail. Further information can be found https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Closures: Area closure north and south of FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to Forest Boundary. Information can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/

Weather: A cool front is coming into the area bringing slightly cooler temperatures in the low-mid 70s and some cloud cover in the afternoon. Afternoon winds of about 11-14 mph are expected again

Smoke/Air Quality Information: To see smoke visibility in the area, check out the webcams on the Crater Lake NP website https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. A full report of smoke forecasts are located here.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Information: On August 14, the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest will move to Stage 2 Public Use Restrictions. Stage 2 Restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 14, 2017 in all Wilderness Areas except for the Siskiyou Wilderness. Restrictions will be applicable to the following Wilderness Areas: Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area; Red Buttes Wilderness Area; Sky Lakes Wilderness Area; Copper Salmon Wilderness Area; Wild Rogue Wilderness Area; Grassy Knob Wilderness Area; Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area

With the inclusion of Wilderness Areas in the Stage 2 Restrictions, visitors to those areas will no longer be allowed to build campfires, although the use of propane and liquid-powered commercial stoves will be permitted. Smoking in a wilderness area will only be allowed in an area that is clear of vegetation and measures at least 3 feet in diameter, or while aboard watercraft on waterways. All other applicable Wilderness regulations apply for visitors to all eight Wilderness Areas on the RRSNF.

Stage 2 Restrictions are already in effect for the rest of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest with the exception of designated campgrounds. For a full listing, public use restrictions including restrictions on campfires, smoking, and use of motor vehicles and generators click here.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 29th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
LocationIn Crater Lake National Park, one mile west of Crater Lake.
Incident CommanderMark von Tillow

Current Situation

Total Personnel401
Size4,885 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained45%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


Significant Events

The eastern portion of the fire remains most active. Fire is consuming mostly dead and down fuel or creeping through duff and needle cast. Recent rain and suppression actions have cause fire behavior in the western portion of the fire to be minimal.


Planned Actions

Continue to go direct on the fire where possible and to mop and secure completed line.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire growth overnight is expected to be minimal. Impacts to local public and firefighters includes degraded air quality in areas of smoke. Area watershed in Crater Lake National Park will have fire smoldering and heavy logs burning in them. Northern Spotted Owl habitat, sensitive aquatic species, Forest Service timber sale, and other sensitive plants and animal species, recreation (Pacific Crest Trail, as well as others; campgrounds).


In addition to the Spruce Lake and Blanket Creek fires, the team has initial attack responsibilities fo r182,466 acres on Crater Lake National Park and 268,856 acres on the Rogue River - Siskiyou NF High Cascades Ranger District. CIMT 3 combined IA response area totals 451,322 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Early morning temperature lowered into the 50s again, with humidity values increasing to around 80% by midnight. At higher elevations on the fires, humidity values decreased overnight back to the around 45%. Cumulus clouds began developing east of the fire areas around 1100, with mostly clear skies prevailing. Temperatures during the afternoon warmed into the upper 70s at 5500 ft, and to around 67 degrees at 7000 ft. Minimum humidity values were around 28% across the fire areas this afternoon. The forecast is for a cooling trend is expected to continue Sunday across the Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fires with a cold front with slightly increasing wind speeds and winds shifting a bit more to the northwest.

Unit Information

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Crater Lake National Park
National Park Service
P.O. Box 7 Crater Lake OR 97604 Oregon
Crater Lake, OR 97604

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