Lightning-stoked burns still growing
August 27, 2006
CRATER LAKE: While the Bybee Wildland Fire-Use Complex plays its natural role in burning vegetation to improve the ecosystem, spreading to the north and east, firefighters are managing it at its south and west borders.
The complex fire has burned 1,150 acres since fires were ignited by lightning between July 23 and Aug. 7. Smoke accumulation has increased in and around Crater Lake National Park since the fires have burned through differing fuels and topography, with weather changes.
Firefighters have constructed control lines and helicopters have flown water drops to control the fire at its south and west borders.
Fire managers expect these fires to burn throughout the remainder of the season and allow natural conditions and weather to eventually extinguish them.
All park roads and facilities, including boat tours, remain open. The Lightning Springs Trail and a 10-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail remain closed for public safety.
Information: (541) 594-3052.