Smoke at Crater Lake
Occasionally, during the fire season (July, August, September) smoke may move over the park from fires hundreds of miles away in Oregon or California. The photograph above shows the impact smoke can have on the visibility of the lake. The links below provide the latest information on fires in the Crater Lake area. To view the current visibility of the lake visit the Sinnott Memorial webcam under the "Photos & Multimedia" link on the left side of this page.
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center: Morning Briefing
National Interagency Coordination Center: Daily Incident Management Situation Report
Northwest Interagency Coordination Center: Intelligence Page
InciWeb: Incident Information System
Oregon Department of Forestry - Wildfire Blog
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership: Facebook Page
Did You Know?
The Clarks Nutcracker is frequently seen around the rim of Crater Lake. It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine. It gathers the seeds and hides some of them to eat later, helping the tree to disperse its seeds. Forgotten seeds may grow into new Whitebark Pines.