AP: Fire season expected to begin early at Crater Lake
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Crater Lake officials say wildfire conditions at the park seem to have improved, but they still believe fire season could last a month longer than normal.
The Herald and News reports that park fire management officer Greg Funderburk says conditions are not nearly as dry as they were last year, which was the park's driest year on record. A series of lightning strikes on August 1 sparked the National Creek Complex Fire, the largest in the park's history. It burned nearly 21,000 acres.
Funderburk says he still expects fire season to begin two weeks earlier than average, thanks to lower-than-normal snowfall and the rapid melting of the current snow.
He says the fire season usually starts after the beginning of July and lasts through September, with a mid-August peak.