Fire near Crater Lake jumps Oregon highway

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - The Crescent Fire crossed Oregon Highway 230 on Thursday and continues to burn on, driven by low humidity and daytime winds, fire managers said.

The fire is part of the National Creek Complex, which includes a second smaller fire. The fires have burned 2,971 acres so far and are 10 percent contained.

Residents of the Diamond Lake area remain on notice to be ready to evacuate. They are under a level 1 notice, the lowest level of the three-stage Ready, Set, Go evacuation rating system.

The highway was closed earlier this week due to the fire danger. The closure has been extended now, from the intersection with Oregon Highway 62 to the intersection with Oregon Highway 138.

Travelers must take alternate routes. Oregon 138 between Roseburg and U.S. 97 remains open, Oregon DOT said. Commercial truck traffic is prohibited on Oregon 62 through Crater Lake National Park.

There is no expected time of reopening Oregon 230 due to fire activity, ODOT and fire officials said.

Fire managers said Friday morning that crews were poised to take advantage of the drop in temperatures and increase in humidity levels.

The plan for Friday is to work to contain spot fires north of Highway 230, fortifying that road for use as a fireline.

Also on Thursday, a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail was closed due to the fire.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between the Crater Lake National Park north entrance road trailhead, near the Grouse Hill campsite, and the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail 3.8 miles west of Crater Lake. The PCT alternate parallel to Crater Lake West Rim Drive remains open.

The Boundary Springs Trail, Bald Crater Loop Trail and Bert Creek Trail are also closed.

The Umpqua National Forest on Friday issued an emergency closure due to the fire.

The emergency closure includes portions of Forest Service roads 37, 4795, 3703, and 4786. This area closure includes the Broken Arrow Campground, South Shore Picnic Area, South Diamond Sno-Park, Mt. Thielsen Viewpoint, Hemlock Cabin, and trailheads for Rodley Butte, Mt Bailey, and Silent Creek trails. Trails no. 1451, 1452, 1460 and 1481 to Rodley Butte, Mt. Bailey and Silent Creek are also closed.

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