Crater Lake fire largest ever, 70 percent contained

The fire closed the park's north entrance for 13 days

The Stouts Creek Fire as seen from the rim of Crater Lake, Aug. 13, 2015 (KOIN)
The Stouts Creek Fire as seen from the rim of Crater Lake, Aug. 13, 2015 (KOIN)

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon has seen a hectic wildfire season and the largest fire in the recorded history of Crater Lake blackened the northwest corner of the state’s only national park.

The Bend Bulletin reports that the blaze in the park has been burning for five weeks but was 70 percent contained by Saturday. It burned almost 25 square miles.

Of that, about 20 square miles are in the park and the rest is national forestland.

While historic, the big blaze did not leave a mark close to Crater Lake or any of the park’s signature sights.

The fire closed the park’s north entrance for 13 days. The park has two entrances, with most visitors coming from Bend or Portland typically entering through the north. That entrance is now open.

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