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 2, 2018, 10:00 am
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
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Crater Lake National Park, OR – This will be the last daily update from the NW9 Incident Management Team. Transfer of command for the Timber Crater Fires from Incident Commander Brian Goff’s Type 2 NW IMT 9 to Incident Commander Eric Krueger’s Type 3 IMT will occur tomorrow morning at 6:00 am. Krueger and his team will shadow NW IMT personnel today to ensure a seamless transition.
Smoke will be present in the park for most of the day with potentially hazardous levels in the late afternoon and early evening. Tomorrow a dry cold front is predicted to move into the region from the north. This will result in lower temperatures and higher relative humidity, moderating fire behavior. The front will change the predominant wind pattern from a southwest flow to a northwesterly flow. This could push smoke out of the park, leading to better visibility and air quality.
The Timber Crater 6 Fire remains at 3,126 acres and is 85% contained. Last nights infrared flight showed only isolated heat sources in the northern and eastern portions of the fire. Crews are continuing to mop up deeper into the interior, as well as improving and securing containment lines. The Timber Crater 6 Fire is staffed with 308 firefighters.
The Timber Crater 10 Fire is 193 acres and is 75% contained. The latest infrared fight shows only isolated heat sources inside the fire perimeter. Today crews will continue to mop up and secure containment lines. The fire is staffed with 144 firefighters.
Aircraft played an important role in suppressing the Timber Crater Fires. Helicopters and fixed wing planes have dropped water to slow the fires’ progress, helping crews on the ground to build fire lines.
One critical tool is the Air Attack Platform, a fixed wing plane that flies at approximately 8,500 feet above the fire. From this vantage point the Air Attack Platform serves as air traffic controller for aircraft operating below, safely coordinating water drops and support missions. Air Attack also alerts operations staff of conditions on the ground. From high above the incident they can see where the fire is most active and can track the locations of crews and equipment.
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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