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High Cascades Complex

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

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High Cascades Complex Update August 14, 2017

High Cascades Complex Wildfire
News – 8/14/2017

High Cascades Complex

Daily Fire Update

Formerly Blanket Creek and Spruce Lake Fires

August 14, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Fire Information: 541-560-3359 7am to 9pm

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503

Lightning storms in late July and early August ignited over 40 fires west of Crater Lake. Although most are no longer burning, the seven that remain active are being managed as the High Cascades Complex.

Blanket Creek Fire

Start Date: July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 5,223 acres Containment: 58%

Location: Approximately seven miles east of Prospect, Oregon

Current Situation: Crews are securing the fire line with assistance from water scooper aircraft known as “super scoopers.” These aircraft are scooping up water from Lost Creek Lake and dropping it on the fire. Crews are focusing on the northeast area of the fire.

Spruce Lake Fire

Start Date: July 29, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 4,885 acres Containment: 55%

Location: West side of Crater Lake National Park

Current Situation: Crews are securing fire line and extinguishing hot spots east of the Pacific Crest Trail. Natural barriers on the east side of the fire are limiting the fire’s growth.

Broken Lookout

Size: 25 Acres Containment: 0% Location: Approximately six miles west of the junction of Highways 62 and 230

Minimal fire activity anticipated. Crews are active on this fire.

Round Top and Needle

Size: Total of 18 acres Containment: 100% Location: Approximately six miles northwest of Prospect

Butte and Silent

Size: Total of 7 acres Containment: 100% Location: 5 miles west of the junction of Highways 230 and 138

Values to be protected: Communities of Prospect, Union Creek, Diamond Lake, Mazama Village and Rim Village; Park Headquarters and other infrastructure; old growth forest and northern spotted owl habitat; white bark pine and other sensitive species; visitor experience; unique volcanic features.

Weather: Warmer temperatures and drier air today could lead to increasing fire activity.

Smoke Outlook: To see smoke visibility in the area, check out the webcams on the Crater Lake National Park website https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. A full smoke report is posted on the inciweb website.

Crater Lake National Park Trail Closures: Pacific Crest Trail from Dutton Creek Trail to North Entrance Road and from Hwy 62 to South Park Boundary; Boundary Springs Trail; Bald Crater Loop Trail; Bert Creek Trail; Lightning Springs Trail; Watchman Trail; Union Peak Trail, Stuart Falls Trail, Pumice Flat Trail. More information at https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Area Closures: North and south of FSR 6205 from Crater Lake NP boundary west to the Forest Boundary and Park Boundary to Hwy 62. More at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/

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