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Fires Affect Oregon Outdoor Attractions

Willamette National Forest
Credit Willamette National Forest

A fire near Crater Lake National Park has now burned over 720 acres. Lucinda Nolan with the South Central Oregon Incident Management team says the flames are mostly being fueled by the remnants of the 2006 Bybee fire.

"The Bybee fire left a lot of dead trees. Those trees fell, and now there’s a lot of dead, dry wood on the ground," says Nolan.

She says the fire is burning within 300 yards of the Pacific Crest Trail. Its proximity has led to closures from Dutton Creek Camp to Red Cone Springs. Crater Lake is still accessible.

The fire has been burning since July 28 and its cause is still under investigation.

A blaze along the McKenzie river is affecting access to Tamolitch Falls and Blue Pool. The blue top fire started on July 27, and increased in size to 33 acres on Tuesday.

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Kira Hoffelmeyer
Kira Hoffelmeyer is the inaugural KLCC intern under the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. She's a 2016 graduate from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. Kira loves all things coffee, sushi, words and audio.