Crater Lake: 'Section of the West Rim road that is closed will not diminish your visit'
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK - The wildfire that closed a section of the Rim Road and put the Rim Village under a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice has slowed down, fire managers said.
The Bybee Creek Fire stands at 720 acres, 12 percent contained.
"The Park is open, the section of the West Rim road that is closed will not diminish your visit," fire managers said in a briefing Wednesday. "It is still possible to drive the East Rim, enjoy the views from Rim Village and experience a boat ride around the Lake."
The West Rim Road remains closed from the Rim Village to North Junction. The East Rim Road remains open.
As the fire slowed down Tuesday, firefighters fought the fire directly from the West Rim Road.
Firefighters also fought the flames from above. "Scooper" planes filled up at Lost Creek Lake and dropped the water on the leading edge of the fire Tuesday.
Firefighters are working to keep the fire east of the Pacific Crest Trail, south of the Lightning Springs Trail and west of the Crater Lake Rim Drive.
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Dutton Creek Camp north to the PCT parking lot on North Entrance Road. Lightning Springs Trail and backcountry camp are closed.
The park otherwise remains open.
"Fire operations are visible from the Rim Road and there is increased traffic in the park as well as aerial operations. We caution visitors to only stop at designated pullouts to take pictures or view the fire," fire bosses said in a briefing. "Fire danger remains high, the public should be aware of their surroundings and prepared for changing conditions."