Crater Lake National Park
National Park Service
P.O. Box 7 Crater Lake OR 97604 Oregon
Crater Lake, OR 97604
Timber Crater 6 Fire Update August 1, 2018, 10:00 am
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander Contact us at: TimberCrater6.firstname.lastname@example.org - Fire Information: 541-238-2084 (GoogleVoice) or 541-291-4158
Crater Lake National Park, OR – The Timber Crater 6 Fire remains at 3,126 acres, is 85% contained, and is staffed with 303 personnel. Although heavy fuels in the interior continue to smoke as they are consumed, only creeping and smoldering fire behavior was observed on the perimeter of the fire. Crews are patrolling containment lines and are mopping up the remaining 15% of unfinished line. Firefighters are doing suppression repair work outside of the fire perimeter. They are short-stumping trees that had to be removed during the suppression effort. Short-stumping involves cutting the stump to 6-inches or less above ground. This helps improve aesthetics in the forest and allows the below-ground portion of the tree to degrade more rapidly. Firefighters are scattering branches and brush over areas that had been cleared in order to remove signs of suppression activities and create a more natural environment for wildlife.
Resource advisors will be flown into the Timber Crater 8 and 9 burn scars today by helicopter to assess the need for additional suppression repair. Their intent is, to the greatest extent possible, remove signs of human intervention in the forest.
The Timber Crater 10 Fire stands at 193 acres, is 60% contained, and is staffed with 144 firefighters. Mop up is underway as crews secure the remaining unfinished containment lines along the fires’ perimeter.
Today temperatures will be cooler with a high of 76°. Winds will be from the west at 9 miles per hour, with gusts to 15 mph. Relative humidity should range from 15 to 20 percent. No wetting rain is forecast.
Smoke will be present in the park for most of the day with potentially hazardous levels in the late afternoon and early evening. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, throat, and lungs. It can make it hard to breathe. The most effective way to protect yourself from smoke is to your limit your time outdoors. Reducing exposure is especially important if you have heart or lung disease and are at higher risk for adverse health effects.
For local smoke conditions, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com. For hourly updates visit https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/smoke.pl. Smoke monitor #19 is located at Diamond Lake and smoke monitor #20 is located at park headquarters. More information is also available at https://tools.airfire.org/outlooks/CraterLakeArea.
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