Cooler temperatures and recent rains allowed fire managers to lift evacuation notices Friday around the Flounce fire near Lost Creek Lake as well as near the Spruce Lake fire burning within Crater Lake National Park.
Progress of 730 firefighters working nine helicopters, 23 engines and 17 water tenders Thursday night and Friday morning led to the lifting of the level one "be ready" evacuation notice for residents in the areas of Evergreen Drive and Lewis Road.
"It's completely out of the picture, which is great," Oregon Department of Forestry spokeswoman Melissa Cano said. "Now it's trying to juggle all of the remaining lightning fires."
At Crater Lake, fire activity slowed enough that the National Park Service lifted its evacuation notice Friday afternoon for park headquarters and Rim Village and reopened West Rim Drive and the Rim Trail, according to the park service. However, motorists were banned from stopping between Discovery Point and North Junction.
That section of Rim Drive between the lodge area and the North Junction had been closed since Aug. 4 because the fire was moving toward the caldera. Eight other trails or sections of trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 62 and the Dutton Creek Trail intersection, remained closed, according to the park service.
Discovered July 29, the lightning-caused Spruce Lake fire was listed Friday at 4,681 acres and 31 percent contained, with 384 people assigned to it.
The Flounce fire near Lost Creek Lake is estimated at 690 acres and is 40 percent contained, according to ODF reports Friday. Though lightning was observed in the area Thursday night, the electrical storm had "little effect."
Multiple lightning-sparked fires were quickly snuffed out overnight, but two new ODF fires continue to burn.
The Nugget fire, just outside Gold Hill, was estimated at between 5 and 10 acres, and was bringing visible smoke into the town. As ODF worked to get a line around the fire, the agency coordinated with Jackson County Fire District 3 and Rogue River Fire District 1.
The Grizzly Peak fire, a series of five small fires scattered through the area, isn't yet threatening any homes, according to Cano. Two of the five fires are each at an acre, one is estimated at half an acre while the last two fires have been knocked down and lined.
Cal Fire helped ODF in the Siskiyou Summit area as ODF focused its attention on Grizzly Peak Friday.
The Double Day fire burning near North Obenchain Road and Butte Falls Highway was fully lined Thursday night, and estimated at 7½ acres. Threats of lightning grounded one large air tanker Thursday afternoon, but crews were able to continue working the fire with four other aircraft after the storm passed.
"Helicopters were able to divert while the storm passed through," Cano said. "They hammered it and helped get it out quick."
More lightning was forecast for Saturday night, according to Cano, though the weather system is on its way out of the area.
"Lightning forecasts are always a concern because with lightning comes new fire starts," Cano said.
The Blanket Creek fire near Prospect remained at 4,800 acres with 39 percent containment, and a hand line around the northwestern edge continued to hold, according to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
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