|Above, Wizard Islan is partially obscured by smoke in Crater Lake. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
For most, if not all, of last summer, Crater Lake National Park was blanketed in a smoky haze. That's because wildfires were burning in areas near Crater Lake. I should know, because I was there.
To hopefully not have a repeat of last year, the park has imposed fire restrictions.
According to The Herald and News:
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK — Crater Lake has imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions in the park due to the dry weather and upcoming heat wave.
The park received below average snowfall this winter and continues to have below average precipitation, according to a press release.
Temperatures have been warmer than normal and the first heat wave is expected by the end of the week.
This has increased the fire danger at Crater Lake National Park. The outlook for significant wildland fire potential is above normal for the next several months.
To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions will be implemented effective Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.
To see the specific fire restrictions, go here.