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Fire Grows Near Crater Lake, But Park Remains Open

<p>The Bybee Creek Fire is burning near Crater Lake.</p>

Courtesy South Central Oregon Incident Management Team


The Bybee Creek Fire is burning near Crater Lake.

A fire near Crater Lake grew to more than 700 acres Tuesday and is 12 percent contained. But the national park is still open.

Visitors to Crater Lake National Park have been asked to get ready to evacuate in case the Bybee Creek Fire makes a big run. But at this point, most roads and visitor services remain open. You can still camp there, or even take a boat ride on Crater Lake.

Lucinda Nolan, public information officer with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, says weather will play a big role in the firefighters’ progress.

"The next couple of days the weather is again going to be dry and the humidity low, and that might increase the activity of the fire," Nolan said. "But we have everything in place that we need to keep that fire where it’s at."

Nolan said nearly 300 fire personnel are working on the Bybee Creek Fire with more resources on the way.

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Amanda Peacher