Wet weather ends fire season around region
- October 13, 2009
Today's rain, coupled with cooler temperatures and rain forecast for the rest of the week, will bring an
end to the season effective Wednesday.
Desert Ridge Wildland Fire continues burning at Crater Lake National Park -
July 21, 2009
A 180 acre wildland fire in Crater Lake National Park is closer to being contained. The fire began during a July 3rd lightning storm, is now forty
percent contained and a 100 percent containment date is estimated for mid-August. The fire is located about one mile west of the Pumice Desert, Oregon.
Whitney Wildfire nears containment at Crater Lake National Park -
July 21, 2009
The 92-acre Whitney Wildland Fire continues burning a half-mile West of Crater Lake National Park's North
Entrance Station. The Whitney fire started on July 17th, however, it is suspected by fire officials to have been smoldering undetected for two weeks from a July 3rd lightning storm
that also started the Desert Ridge Wildland Fire.
Crater Lake has 50-plus inches of snow -
December 19, 2008
Snow is accumulating at Crater Lake National Park, but ranger Dave Grimes said the 50-plus inches is basically deep powder atop the surface. The park measured 22 inches of new snow
Friday morning and Grimes said snow continued to fall throughout the day.
Rim Drive at Crater Lake closes for season
- November 3, 2008
The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive at Crater Lake National Park are now closed for the season. However, Highway 62 through the park and the road to park headquarters and Rim
Village remain open.
Crater Lake snow total back to average level
- November 5, 2008
It only took one good day and night of snow to help Crater Lake National Park get back to average.
Parts of wilderness area, Crater Lake park reopen: Cooler weather, rain help firefighters control Middle Fork Fire -
October 9, 2008
Areas of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and portions of Crater Lake National Park have been reopened after the Middle Fork Fire prompted closures.
Crater Lake facilities closing down: Crater Lake Lodge to close Sunday for the season -
October 7, 2008
People visiting Crater Lake National Park should be prepared for winter, and reduced services. Closed facilities include the Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Shop, Rim
Visitor Center, Mazama and Lost Creek campgrounds, and the Mazama Motor Inn.
Meeting set on Middle Fork Fire -
September 23, 2008
The U.S. Forest Service will host an informational meeting on the Middle Fork Fire from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the
Community Involvement Club in Fort Klamath.
Middle Fork wildfire hits 17,869 then slows down - September 23, 2008
The Middle Fork fire burning across Sky Lakes Wilderness, Crater Lake National Park and the Fremont-Winema National
Forest has slowed to a crawl.
Weather helps Royce Butte Fire - September 20, 2008
Containment of a fire that threatened areas of northern Klamath County and forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes and
the closure of Highway 58 earlier this week is expected by Sunday.
Fire burns into Crater Lake: Growing Middle Fork fire spreads into remote portion of the park -
September 20, 2008
A forest fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness more than doubled in size and spread into a remote southwestern portion of
Crater Lake National Park and areas of the Fremont-Winema National Forests.
Middle Fork blaze heads toward Crater Lake
- September 19, 2008
A fire burning east of Prospect nearly doubled in size in a day and is burning into Crater Lake National Park, the Forest Service said Thursday.
Rattle Fire keeps highway 138 closed for weekend
- September 12, 2008
Highway 138 will remain closed over the weekend on a four-mile stretch in the Umpqua National Forest. That includes the major route to Diamond Lake and Crater Lake.
Hiking trails closed down by wildfire - September 11, 2008
A wildland fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness grew to about 1,800 acres Wednesday, and fire managers have closed more trails in the area around the fire.
Wildfire filling sky with smoke: Fire near Crater Lake is 1,700 acres - September 10, 2008
Smoke from a 1,700-acre fire southwest of Crater Lake filled area skies Tuesday as the Middle Fork Fire continued to burn in
rugged and steep terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.
Crater Lake; Rim Drive opens today -
July 11, 2008
People wanting to drive the entire distance around Crater Lake National Park’s 33-mile-long Rim
Drive can do so beginning today.
Crater Lake north entrance opened, but caution urged
- June 21, 2008
The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park opened for the summer at 8 a.m. Friday. Crews finished plowing the north entrance road that provides park access off Highway 138 on Thursday, then did a safety check to scan for icy patches and falling rocks before
opening the road for the summer season, park officials said.
Many Crater Lake services open, despite snow
- June 10, 2008
Persistent snow means some roads and all trails are closed at Crater Lake National Park, but visitors will find many concession services open.
Highway to Crater Lake cleared, open
- January 14, 2008
As of Saturday, Crater
Lake National Park announced Highway 62 has been cleared of
an avalanche and is open.
Where to go for
Thanksgiving snow: Mount Hood, Crater Lake offer best bets
November 21, 2007
Crater Lake National Park had about a foot of snow on the
ground at the park headquarters and a few inches more at the rim, said Dana
Barney, a cashier who was answering phones.
Rim Drive closes Friday evening -
November 7, 2007
Rim Drive and the north entrance road at Crater Lake National Park will
close for the season at 6 p.m, Friday.
Screaming wind downs forest trees: Crater Lake park, Prospect
area hit by gusts of up to 60 mph -
October 27, 2007
High winds toppled trees in the mountains around Prospect
and Crater Lake National Park Friday morning, closing forest roads and even
Highway 62 for a short time....
Crater Lake northern entrance opens today
May 24, 2007
Just in time for holiday travel this Memorial Day weekend, the
north entrance to Crater Lake National Park marks its annual
opening — extra early.
Survey says: Snow level 'nearly normal' -
Up at Crater Lake National Park, the snowpack was 72
inches at park headquarters on Thursday. The average for the
site, at 6,400 feet in elevation, is 62 inches for Dec. 29,
according to park records...
how much snow
does Crater Lake get each winter? -
December 14, 2006
How much snow does Crater Lake get each winter? A friend of mine had read
somewhere that it was the snowiest place in Oregon, at least in terms of
where people live. Is that true?..
‘The Good Fire' - September 25, 2006
The German couple stood at Union Peak overlook on Rim Drive and watched a plume of smoke rising miles off to the west.
Bybee Complex Fires - September 14, 2006
A fire burning at Crater Lake National Park has now grown to over 28-hundred
Snow job at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
September 7, 2006
Upon arrival at Crater Lake for a remodeling project,
Tom Gerding and his crew met with a daunting sight.
WebCam now available to view
Crater Lake fire -
There is a new tool being used to monitor fire at Crater
Lake National Park on the Bybee Wildland Fire Use Complex. A
webcam was recently installed at the Watchman Lookout,
providing a prime view of the fire and an updated image once
per hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT.
sought for Crater Lake
Mother Nature remains squarely in charge of putting
out the 2,100-acre Bybee Fire complex burning in a remote
area of the Crater Lake National Park.
Official: Not enough firefighters
to go around -
Short-handed fire crews fought a blaze Tuesday that
began just before Labor Day near a popular recreation area
on the west side of Oregon's Cascade Range, a state official
Bybee Fire Complex Fact Sheet -
The Bybee Fire Use Complex is being managed to allow fire
to play its natural role in the ecosytem. Preservation of
natural processes is a primary mission of the National Park
Lightning-stoked burns still
growing - August 27, 2006
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
Newest Puzzle Fire near Mt.
Jefferson tops 4,100 Acres - August 22, 2006
Comprised of the Black Crater, Lake George, and
Puzzle fires, the Cascade Crest Complex Wildland
Fire has burned just short of 19,000 acres and
is estimated at 30 percent containment.
Weather makes firefighters work
Hot, dry weather and thunderstorms predicted for the next
few days will challenge firefighters battling four fires in
Oregon and four in Washington,
Tourists watch fire left to burn
at Crater Lake -
Forest fire smoke wafts like steam over Crater Lake in the
early morning and an occasional tree erupts in flame. But
it’s not as ugly as it could be.
Crater Lake will help clear brush
- August 1, 2006
Federal officials plan to let a small lightning-caused fire burn
all summer through a remote part of Crater Lake National Park, taking
advantage of the flames to clear brush and improve wildlife habitat.
Dry times ahead: Snowpack is down, and fears surface over water supply - February 1, 2001
Thick, heavy snow muffled his creaking snowshoes as Rob Allerman trudged through the forest Thursday at Crater Lake National Park.
Prescribed burns planned at Crater
Lake - October 05, 2005
Recent snow and rain at Crater Lake National Park means that several
prescribed burns will be done in the coming weeks.
Prescribed burns planned at Crater Lake - October 4, 2005
Recent snow and rain at Crater Lake National Park means that several prescribed burns will be done in the coming weeks.
Streamflow signs buried in the snow - February 1, 2005
Deep in the snow 50 miles north of the Klamath Reclamation Project are buried the clues as to how much water the Project will get this summer.
Falling trees do damage at Crater Lake
- November 19, 2004
"I could hear the wind howling and it was pretty
constant," remembers Taylor of a storm that rattled the park and toppled
trees between 6 and 8 p.m. Nov. 3. "In the middle of that was one good
gust that shook the house. It was kind of like the house wanted to move
a quarter of an inch."
Ten small fires burn in Crater
Lake park area
- August 16, 2004
Firefighters have been using eco-friendly tactics to contain
several small fires in remote areas of the Crater Lake National Park.
Crater Lake to reduce fire hazards -
Fire management staff at Crater Lake National Park are launching
a hazardous fuels reduction project on 270 acres in and around
Mazama Village near the park's south entrance.
Crater Lake road ready for drivers
Wednesday - June
The North Entrance Road at Crater Lake National Park will
open to motorists noon Wednesday.
It's plow it out, lit snow, plow it out at Crater Lake
February 19, 2004
Keeping Klamath County's crown jewel accessible to the
public takes a lot of work, especially when three feet of snow pile up in
two days, as it did this week.
Rim Drive closes at Crater Lake -
November 07, 2003
East Rim Drive was closed earlier this week. Wednesday park officials
announced the closure of the North Entrance Road and Rim Drive.
East Rim at Crater closes for the
- November 04, 2003
Park officials said the recent series of storms
has created snow and icy road conditions that resulted in the usual
At Crater Lake even ordinary years are pretty sensational
Chuck Lundy, Crater Lake National Park's
superintendent, said the opening means park visitors "may now enjoy the
spectacular views of Crater Lake from all of the many vista points along
this scenic drive."
North entrance ready for travel:
road to Crater Lake near Fort Klamath open to travelers -
The opening means that northbound summer travelers can enter the
park via the south entrance near Fort Klamath....
Crater Lake back to
normal, spectacular self
May 12, 2003
Park crews try to open
the section of Rim Drive between Rim Village and the North
Entrance by late May or early June.
Snow closes Crater Lake's Rim
Drive - November 13, 2002
The North Entrance Road and Rim Drive at Crater
Lake National Park closed for the winter on Tuesday after recent storms
finally brought snow and icy road conditions.
Controlled burns set for Monday at
Crater Lake - June 16, 2002
About 32 acres will be burned over a two- to four-day period in
the ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forest in the southwest corner
of the park.
Crater Lake's north entrance open
- June 05, 2002
The road allows motorists traveling along Highway 97 to enter
the park through the south entrance near Fort Klamath and exit
to Diamond Lake and Chemult without having to backtrack.
Going postal for Crater
- January 13, 2002
6,500 feet up and 16 feet deep: when you work at Crater Lake, the
snowfall comes with the territory - December 20, 2001
Steve Mark suggests that all new National Park
Service employees facing their first winter at Crater Lake be
required to watch "The Shining."
An island in the sky - December 18, 2001
Return with us now to the days of yesteryear, when 'relentless weather' so often made Crater Lake 'an island in the sky'
Forest agencies plan underburns - October 25, 2001
Fire season may not be over yet, but don't expect
fire engines to chase every plume of smoke rising in the local
forests this fall.
Crews work to snuff 100+ fires - September 19, 2001
Seven small lightning-sparked fires are being
allowed to burn themselves out under the watchful eyes of fire
officials in the Crater Lake National Park.
Firefighters mop up blazes from
thunderstorm - September 18, 2001
Scores of firefighters on Monday attacked dozens of
the nearly 100 small wildfires left from a weekend thunderstorm that
generated more than 7,000 lightning strikes in Southern Oregon.
Remote blazes pose challenge for
- July 16, 2001
Lightning strikes ignited 10 small fires in Crater Lake
National Park recently, but the remoteness of some is making
it difficult for crews to put them out.
Crater Lake National Park sets
north entrance opening date - April 12, 2001
Unusually low snow at Crater Lake National Park
means that the park can schedule dates when it plans to open roads
normally buried by deep snow.
Cold air heralds arrival of
- September 01, 2000
Unseasonably cool temperatures were expected to
hit Southern Oregon today, and rain showers could dampen campers and
picnickers Saturday and Sunday.
for chance to burn: weather conditions delay monitored
October 16, 1999
Fire crews at Crater Lake National Park are scanning the
horizon for signs of coming wet weather to end the continued
A mountain transformed into a winter playground: lured by chairlifts and
a striking lodge, skiers flock to Mount Ashland - September 30, 1999
The Mount Ashland Ski Area offered Rogue Valley skiers a
convenient place to enjoy a sport that was gaining
popularity across the United States in the 1960s. Rope tows
hauled skiers to the top of the hills, sparing them the
arduous work of climbing for each run.
park undertakes planned burning of 415 acres
- September 28, 1999
More than 400 acres soon will burst into flames at Crater
Lake National Park, and firefighters don't plan to do much
Snow falls at Crater Lake, Mount
Ashland - August 31, 1999
calendar says it's still summer, but Monday's weather in parts
of Southern Oregon suggested that it's really winter.
Controlled burns set for Monday at
Crater Lake - June 15, 2002
About 32 acres will be burned over a two- to four-day period in the ponderosa pine/mixed conifer forest in the southwest corner
of the park.
Park workers push to clear roads:
Rim Drive has
four miles open
May 26, 1999
The foreman of the Crater Lake National Park road crew who is
skinning a D-7H Caterpillar -- a growling mechanical tabby weighing
some 55,000 pounds -- is using every trick he knows to stay atop the
slippery mountains of snow blocking the park's rim roads this year.
Snow buries Crater park: late
opening likely because of depth - March 04, 1999
Ongoing snow storms have buried buildings at Crater Lake
National Park, likely delaying the opening of park facilities
this spring and summer.
receives another weather pasting - February 09, 1999
Snow was accumulating
in the mountains Monday night and falling, but not sticking
on the Rogue Valley floor as of 11 p.m.
Have umbrella near this winter:
forecasters say La Nina will bring wetter weather -
October 20, 1998
Weather forecasters ranging from the Oregon Climate Service to
"The Old Farmer's Almanac" predict a very wet winter for the
Northwest, citing a periodic weather phenomenon known as La Nina.
Its last visit, caused by cooling water temperatures in the Pacific
Ocean, delivered 1997's New Year's Day flood.
No shortage of snow: Shasta Ski Park crews keep busy
March 2, 1998
Storms rolled across Northern California one after another in
January and February, burying the Mount Shasta Ski Park in 15 to 20
feet of snow.
Warning: Beware of avalanche - February 4, 1998
Stiff winds and unseasonably heavy snows have triggered avalanche
warnings for Southern Oregon's back woods.
Chilly storm delivers snow to
higher areas - October 10, 1997
A cool, early-season storm dumped as much as two inches
of rain on much of the Rogue Valley Wednesday, and lingering
snow showers could make for hazardous driving in mountain
acre of Wizard Island
- July 23, 1997
The fire started late Monday morning and smoldered through
Tuesday afternoon. It blackened manzanita brush, grass and
four trees in steep terrain on the 600-acre island.
Crater Lake Entrance Closed
- October 25, 1970
Visitors to Crater Lake
National Park can enter only through the south entrance,
park officials said Friday.
Roads to Crater Lake are Open
- November 15, 1965??
The south and west entrance roads to Crater Lake from Klamath Falls and from Medford,
will be kept open throughout the Winter, according to information received by the National Automobile Club from David Canfield, superintendent of Crater Lake National Park.
Ski Areas Are Keeping Open
- November 17, 1946
The national park service closed
the door Saturday against winter use of Yellowstone, Glacier
and Teton parks, but promised snow sports on a prewar basis
in half a dozen other areas.
Snow Falls on Southern Oregon
- September 22, 1945
Unexpected snow over southern Oregon mountains closed part of Crater Lake
National Park today, halted filming of a motion picture, and trapped a woman and
three children in a snowdrift.
Crater Lake Lodge Opens Wednesday - June 5, 1938
Of interest to the many motorists who are planning their Summer vacations in the
Northwest, the opening of Crater Lake Lodge, situated in the colorful Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon, is scheduled June 8, according to advice received June 8, according
to advice received by P. E. Allan, domestic sales manager of Tidewater Associated Oil Company, Associated Division.
Crater Lake Area Open
November 25, 1935
The south and west entrance roads
to Crater Lake from Klamath Falls and from Medford, will be kept
open throughout the Winter, according to information received by
the National Automobile Club from David Canfield, superintendent
of Crater Lake National Park.
- July 3, 1929
Roads in Crater Lake National
Park are now open to the rim of the Crater, reports the
California State Automobile Association, but the road around
the rim will not be open for some time yet.
Highway Closed to Crater Lake by Early Snows - November 22, 1925
After one of the most gorgeous Octobers that ever blessed Oregon, the snow finally closed Crater Lake National Park on
November 3. The park now rests under its white winter mantle and travel is definitely suspended.
Snow at Crater Lake
- February 4, 1921
The depth of snow at Crater Lake
rim is 11 feet and at a camp five miles lower down is 10
feet, according to word received by Superintendent Alex
Sparrow of Crater Lake National Park
Will Fight Forest Fires
- August 20, 1910
Five Hundred Men Called from American Lake to Southern
Oregon -- Many Lives Are in Danger, The soldiers will be
divided between the fires now ravaging the Crater lake
August Snow at Crater Lake
August 29, 1882
There was on August 1st ten feet of snow at Crater Lake, Oregon.