National Park Service implements fire restrictions at Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park (file photo)

The National Park Service has issued fire restrictions for Crater Lake, despite above-average snowfall this winter.

The lake has seen above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation since mid-June, so fire dangers have in turn increased.


  • 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, 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.
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