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Crater Lake NP staff impose restrictions in face of increased fire danger

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon's only national park. [Mail Tribune / file photo]

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Crater Lake National Park will impose fire restrictions Friday as a heat wave grips the region.

"The park received below average snowfall this winter and continues to have below average precipitation. Temperatures have been warmer than normal and the first heat wave is expected by the end of the week," park staff said in a statement. "This has increased the fire danger at Crater Lake National Park. The outlook for significant wildland fire potential is above normal for the next several months."

The restrictions take effect Friday at 12:01 a.m.

CAMPFIRES

Backcountry campfires are prohibited.

Wood fires and charcoal fires are permitted only within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-contained grills, in the following designated areas:

  • Mazama Campground
  • Park residential areas

Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas.

SMOKING

Smoking is permitted only in the following areas:

  • In vehicles, provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts.
  • While stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground.

FIREWORKS

Fireworks are prohibited in the park and on other public wildlands at all times.

"Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested," park staff said in a statement. "Thank you for your cooperation."

Last summer, wildfires at times closed trails and portions of the Rim Drive.

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