New fires pop up in Crater Lake National Park

There are 16 new lightning-sparked fires that have popped up in Crater Lake National Park, following Wednesday's storm that shot out between 2,000 and 2,500 lightning strikes across Southern Oregon.

The fires are all grouped in a 35-acre area, some in remote areas with no road access. Wildland firefighters, including rappelling crews, are battling 12 of the blazes with the help of bucket drops from helicopters. Several of the fires can be seen from the roads.

"We would like to caution the public not to stop on the roadways when they are traveling through the park," a Facebook post from the park reads. "If they want to take photos, please use pullouts."

The 25-acre Pumice Flat fire, located at the park's southern boundary, is 75 percent contained. Spot fires continue to pop up on the fire's north end.

— Ryan Pfeil

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