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Spruce Lake Fire containment works to preserve Crater Lake's sensitive resources

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

NEAR PROSPECT, Ore. - The Spruce Lake Fire, which started three days after the Blanket Creek Fire is now nearly caught up in acreage.

The majority of it burns in Crater Lake National Park, which is why crews are taking extra precaution when it comes to containing it.

"So it's a fine balance between fighting fire and also preserving the resource. We have some sensitive water sheds some sensitive animal habitats as well as some sensitive trees such as the white bark pine in the area," said Kyle Warden, the fire public information officer.

Shifting strategies include using hand crews rather than bulldozers and bucket drops with water instead of retardant.

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