Park Notifies Visitors and Residents to “Be Ready” for Potential Evacuation of Rim Village and Park Headquarters
Date: August 5, 2017
Contact: Fire Information, (541)560-3359
Contact: Marsha McCabe, (541)594-3091
CRATER LAKE, OREGON – Crater Lake National Park has issued a Level 1 Evacuation Notice for Rim Village and Park Headquarters effective at 5:00 PM, August 5, 2017. The Level 1 notice informs residents and visitors to “be ready” for a potential evacuation of Rim Village and Park Headquarters in the event that the Spruce Lake Fire approaches these areas. Current or projected threats from the approaching fire indicate that there may be a need to evacuate in the future. Mazama Village and other areas in the park are not affected by this Level 1 notice.
Residents and visitors should monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information regarding potential evacuations. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and pets.
There are three evacuation notice levels: Level 1 “BE READY” for potential evacuation; Level 2 “BE SET” to evacuate; and Level 3 “GO” evacuate now. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. In the event that this occurs, the park will make every attempt to contact visitors and residents personally. If you are absent from your residence, campsite, or vehicle for more than a short time, please leave a note with your name and a contact telephone number in a door or window where it can be easily seen.
Park visitors will be advised as conditions change and are encouraged to check the park website (www.nps.gov/crla), Facebook, or Twitter, as well as InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5450/ for current status and updates. Fire information is also available at park entrance stations and at both visitor centers.
The Spruce Lake Fire ignited by lightning on July 24, 2017 and is being managed collectively with the Blanket Creek Fire, which is also burning within Crater Lake National Park. The Spruce Lake Fire is currently 5,000 acres and 5% contained.
While the fires have also resulted in multiple road and trail closures, the park and all facilities and services remains open for business. Please be aware that smoky conditions may be present thoughout the park, and visitors are advised to check the park website for current condtions prior to traveling to the area.