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Contact: Greg Funderburk, 541-594-3062
The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and contract crews have firefighters and equipment on scene. The following resources are presently assigned to this incident: one Type-III helicopter, nine engines, three Type-II crews and numerous other equipment.
The fire was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. It is currently burning inside Crater Lake National Park's boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater and in an area on the Fremont-Winema National Forests between Forest Service Road 7015 and 2308. At this time, no structures are threatened and no evacuation have been reported.
The Phoenix Wildland Fire is being managed to allow fire to serve its natural role in the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations in the National Park. A fire suppression strategy is being implemented on the Fremont-Winema National Forests to maximize suppression efforts and firefighter safety.
Due to smoke and increase fire traffic, fire officials ask the public to use caution when driving Oregon State Highway 138 and on National Park and Forest Service roads near the fire. A cold front is expected to move through the area this weekend, bringing cooler temperatures and possible showers that could assist with firefighting efforts.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/fire