Pole Creek Fire Update - September 11, 2012 - 8:00 PM
Incident: Pole Creek Wildfire
Oregon Team 4 - Incident Management Team
Deschutes National Forest
IncidentCommander - Brian Watts
Pole Creek FIRE UPDATE September 11, 20128:00 p.m.
Fire InformationPhone:(541) 549-6935
For Online Updates:http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/
Current Status: The Pole Creek Fire is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Sisters, OR. The Pole Creek Fire Information office is now fully operational with phone and internet service. The fire information office is located at the Incident Command Post set up at the Sisters Rodeo Ground, on Highway 20, just south of Sisters. The Fire information phone number is 541-549-6935 and is staffed from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. Frequent updates are also posted daily at http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/.
Crews held lines throughout the day and kept fire spread to a minimum. Two spot fires were staffed, air resources provided assistance to ground crews.
For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains 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. Reverse 911 will also be used by Deschutes County Sheriffs department for any affected area. At this time, there are no towns, subdivisions or structures under immediate threat of evacuation.
Smoke will remain in the area settling at night into valleys and drainages. Density will depend on wind direction and speed.
Estimated Acreage: 4,312 Acres
Containment: 5 %
Cause: Unknown - Under Investigation
Resources: Total - 493 As of Tuesday Evening: Type 1 Crews - 1; Dozers - 4; Type 2 Crews -4; Engines - 21; Helicopters - 6; Water Tenders - 12; Overhead - 122; Camp Crews - 2. Additional resources are ordered.
Plans: Hold containment lines, continue to patrol and respond to spot fires.
Forecasted Fire Weather: Temperatures will be in the 20's overnight, with winds from the east up to 8 mph.
Cooperators: Deschutes County Sheriff, Oregon Department of Forestry, American Red Cross