CRATER LAKE, OR -- Crater Lake National Park Fire Management staff are preparing to implement the West Highway 62 prescribed fire project. Approximately 44 acres containing roughly 2200 piles are in the areas scheduled to be burned this fall. Fire managers expect to begin the burn as early as Tuesday, October 1st, pending favorable conditions. Ignitions will continue throughout the fall as conditions allow until the project is complete, or heavy snow prevents further burn operations. Weather, fire behavior, and smoke forecasts will be monitored before, during, and after the burns to ensure desired fire effects are achieved.