Section of Rim Road at Crater Lake closed due to wildfire

Smoke from the Bybee Creek Fire rises over Crater Lake National Park. (InciWeb)

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK - A section of the rim road closed as sparks from a wildfire reached the roadway and the caldera at Crater Lake National Park on Monday.

"The Bybee Creek Fire once again became active in the afternoon hours Monday, spotting up towards the Rim Road and into the caldera," incident commander Leland Hunter reported Tuesday morning. "Fire Management made the decision to temporarily close the road from Discovery Point to North Junction to protect the public as firefighters continue with fire operations."

It's the first major restriction on cars in the park since the Bybee Creek Fire was discovered 2 miles of Crater Lake on Thursday.

Hikers and backpackers have faced closures since the fire brke out.

On Sunday, park officials put fire restrictions in place on backcountry visitors.

And 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.

"Fire operations are visible from the Rim Road and there is increased traffic in the park as well as aerial operations," Hunter reported. "We caution visitors to only stop at designated pullouts to take pictures or view the fire."

The fire has now burned an estimated 720 acres and is 10 percent contained.

Firefighters want to keep the fire east of the Pacific Crest Trail, south of the Lightning Springs Trail and west of the Crater Lake Rim Drive.

Hunter said firefighters may intentionally set small fires to burn up fuels between the West Rim Road and the main fire, if weather permits.

Firefighters are also building fire line and using water drops from helicopters to calm the flames.

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