Fire officials lift evacuation notice near Crater Lake

By Geoff Hibbs, Eastern OR Task Force, USFWS E-541

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK – The Bybee Creek Fire burning west of Crater Lake is 59 percent contained as of Sunday morning and fire officials lifted the Level 1 Evacuation Notice for Rim Village and Park Headquarters.

Along with lifting the evacuation notice, officials also reopened the Pacific Crest Trail, including the alternate route along the Rim Trail.

West Rim Drive, from the intersection of Munson Valley Road and West Rim Drive to North Junction, will remain closed through the weekend to protect fire personnel and equipment while they continue to fight the fire.

So far, the Bybee Creek Fire has burned 1,072 acres. On Saturday, firefighters on the ground and in the air continued to secure, hold, and improve line on the western edge of the fire. Fire containment continues to increase.

Visitors to the park may see firefighters and fire equipment in the area. Smoke may also be visible from the road or trails as unburned pockets of vegetation continue to smolder.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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