August 11, 2017 11:20 a.m.
Fire activity remains quiet on the Spruce Lake Fire burning in and near Crater Lake National Park.
Type 1 California Interagency Incident Management Team #3 has taken command of the Spruce Lake Fire and also of the Blanket Creek Fire. The team also has initial attack responsibility for the approximately 400,000 acres within Crater Lake National Park and the north of the Middle Fork of the Rogue River on the High Cascades Ranger District. Recent storm activity and lightning has produced around 36 small fires ranging from 1/10th of an acre to 20 acres, which firefighters are responding to.
Storms Thursday night dropped 1/10th of an inch of rain on the Spruce Lake Fire. With sparser fuels on the north and east sides of the fire, there has been minimal fire growth occurring. Rocky pumice terrain and moist meadows are providing natural fire breaks in the landscape. The natural barriers are limiting the fire’s progression while the fire is being closely monitored and direct fireline is being constructed where possible. Additional crews are building fireline on the southeast portion of the fire using minimum impact tactics where fuels are more continuous and there are fewer natural barriers.
On the west side, firefighters are reinforcing the fire line and putting out any remaining hot spots to further secure the perimeter.
The fire report says that additional resources are working to create defensible space around Crater Lake National Park facilities, campgrounds and infrastructure.
383 people are working on the Spruce Lake Fire which is burning in 4,734 acres. It is still around 31% contained.