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Incident: High Cascades Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/11/2017

Location: High Cascades Ranger District, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Klamath Ranger District,

Fremont-Winema National Forest, Crater Lake National Park

Start Date: North Pelican August 10, 2017, Spruce Lake July 29, 2017, Blanket Creek July 26, 2017 Cause: Lightning

Size: 72,309 Acres Percent Contained: 26% (% encompasses total of both East and West zone of the complex)

Vegetation: timber, brush, heavy logging slash Resources Assigned: 638 personnel (Personnel for the entire complex)

Incident Commander: Steve Millert/Dave Gesser with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3

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. More road and trail closures may go into effect as the fires progress. For specific closure information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503.

The North Entrance Road to Crater Lake National Park and West Rim Drive will remain closed until further notice. All concession facilities and services remain open for visitors to the Park. Motorists and visitors to the area also need to be aware of delays on Hwy 230 between Union Creek and the junction with Highway 138 due to road construction.

Summary: The High Cascades Complex East Zone includes the Spruce Lake, Blanket Creek, and North Pelican fires. The three fires continue to have low intensity and low fire behavior, weather will be hot and dry today and is forecast to cool down as a chance of thundershowers brings the possibility of moisture on Tuesday and Wednesday. Within the boundary of the temporary flight restriction the Incident Management team is responsible for initial attack.

Spruce Lake Fire (14,515 acres and 21% contained) Crews are finishing up with the chipping operations along the North Entrance Road in order to prevent the fire spread to the east.

Blanket Creek Fire (30,946 acres and 17% contained) Burn out operations were conducted yesterday to tie together the east flank of the fire and strengthen contingency lines. Crews continue to assess and protect values at risk on the park.

North Pelican (3,695 acres and 18% contained) Yesterday firefighters continued to work on the north and south flank, building contingency lines to protect values at risk. Crews working in rugged terrain continue to look for opportunities on the north flank to engage the fire with the highest probability of success considering firefighter safety as our number one priority.

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 http://tinyurl.com/BeReady-BeSet-Go.

Smoke Outlook: A full smoke forecast can be viewed at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503. To see visibility at Crater Lake National Park, check out the webcams at https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.

For further information please visit the following links:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/55 03

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Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Rogue-River Siskiyou NF
Phone: 541-957-1200
High Cascades Complex
Email: blanketcreekfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-316-8352
Hours: 7am - 9pm
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