July 31, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Evans
Crater Lake National Park is experiencing high levels of fire activity. Prolonged drought conditions combined with careless human behavior have resulted in fires within the park in the last week.
To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions will be implemented effective at midnight tonight, July 31, 2016:
- 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
- Lost Creek Campground
- Rim Village Picnic Area ("Picnic Hill")
- Park residential areas
- Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas.
- 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 are prohibited in the park at all times.
These restrictions are implemented pursuant to the authority described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(a)(2), 2.13(c) and 2.21(a). Our goal is voluntary compliance;however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested. Thank you for your cooperation.