8:00 AM September 11 - Pole Creek Fire Update
Incident: Pole Creek Wildfire
September 11, 2012
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The Pole Creek Fire is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Sisters, Or
As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, command and management of suppression efforts for the Pole Creek Fire transferred from the local Type 3 Team, to Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (OR IIMT4), Incident Commander Brian Watts.
Full suppression efforts are being implemented on this incident using direct and indirect methods while maintaining firefighter and public safety as the top priority.
For firefighter and public safety, an area closure is in place around the vicinity of the fire. The closure includes Forest Service roads 15 and 16 several spur roads leading into the fire area, trailheads and the Three Creeks Campground area. Closed roads will be signed, barricaded, or staffed to advise the public of the closure.
Closure maps and area descriptions are available at Deschutes National Forest offices as well as http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/
In the event that there is a need for an evacuation, citizens who use a cell phone or a VoIP phone who live in the affected area should go to www.deschutes.org/citizenalerts to register those devices to receive emergency notifications.
On Monday, crews were able to construct and establish containment lines on portions of the fire. Overnight, firefighters patrolled the fire perimeter for spot fires outside firelines.
Smoke will remain in the area settling at night into valleys and drainages. Density will depend on wind directions and speeds.
Unknown - Under Investigation
Total - 198·
·As of Monday Evening
Type 1 Crews - 0 Dozers - 5
Type 2 Crews -4 Engines - 21
Helicopters - 4 Water Tenders - 12
Overhead - 24 Camp Crews - 0
Many additional resources are ordered
Construct containment lines and utilize existing roads and firebreaks to strengthen line. Continue to patrol and respond to spot fires.
Forecasted Fire Weather
Temperatures will be in the 60's on Tuesday, with winds from the east up to 9 mph, shifting to northeast with gusts of 20 mph possible. Relative humidity will be in the 20 - 30% range.
Deschutes County Sheriff, Oregon Department of Forestry