2017 – July – Fire dangers and more news

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK— Although there was an above average winter snowfall, the park has been experiencing above average temperatures and below average precipitation since mid-June.

This has increased the fire danger at Crater Lake National Park. The outlook is for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the next several months.

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions were implemented effective as of Friday:


  • Backcountry campfires are prohibited;
  • Wood fires and charcoal fires are permitted only within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-contained grills, in the following designated areas:

o Mazama Campground

o Rim Village Picnic Area (“Picnic Hill”)

o Park residential areas

  • Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas.


Smoking is permitted only in the following areas:

  • In vehicles, provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts;
  • While stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground.


  • Fireworks are prohibited in the park at all times.

These restrictions are implemented pursuant to the authority described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(a)(2), 2.13(c) and 2.21(a). Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested.

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