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Crater Lake fire grows to 720 acres; part of West Rim Drive closed

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A fire burning in Crater Lake National Park has grown to more than 700 acres and led to the closure of part of West Rim Drive.

The Bybee Creek Fire started July 28 about two miles from Crater Lake.

By Tuesday morning, crews reported the fire had grown to 720 acres and was 10 percent contained. Nearly 300 people were battling the fire.

As the fire moved up toward Rim Drive, the decision was made Monday night to close the road from Discovery Point to North Junction.

The park remained open to visitors, with special events and tours continuing as scheduled. However, by Tuesday evening, a Level 1 evacuation notice was issued for Rim Village and park headquarters, meaning people in those areas should be ready for a potential evacuation. 

To keep the fire from reaching the ridgeline, retardant was dropped that fades quickly and is designed to be used in wilderness areas.

Firefighters continue working to keep the fire east of the Pacific Crest Trail, south of the Lightning Springs Trail and west of Crater Lake Rim Drive.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Dutton Creek Camp north to the parking lot on North Entrance Road. Lightning Springs Trail and Backcountry Camp are also closed.

The fire is burning in dead and downed timber on relatively flat terrain.

The cause is under investigation. Firefighters project containment of the fire by Friday.

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