Pole Creek Fire - September 19, 2012 - 9:00 PM
Incident: Pole Creek Wildfire
The Pole Creek Fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Sisters, OR
Warmer and drier air moved into Central Oregon today and fire behavior increased, producing more smoke columns. Fuels burned out in the SE to SW corners of the fire and produced the most smoke, with fire moving higher into the Snow and Park Creek drainages. Fire crews and engines on the E, NE, and N central fire perimeters concentrated on mop-up, patrols and some initial rehabilitation of no longer needed dozer lines. Night-shift crews will work on continuing the mop-up in the NW, SE, and SW corners of the fire where the fire was the most active today.
Some resources are no longer needed to complete containment objectives and they are being made available for reassignment to other fires.
A community fire information update is planned for Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm at the Sisters Elementary School, on 611 East Cascades Avenue. The briefing will provide an in-depth update on the Pole Creek fire.
An overnight smoke inversion is expected again but is forecasted to lift by late morning with air fully mixing by afternoon and improving air conditions. ALL major routes remain open to tourist destinations like Sisters and other central Oregon communities. For information on smoke tips, visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/index.htm., or call (503) 229-6397.
Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert (west of the 16 Road and South of Highway 20 in the vicinity of Sisters). Public safety agencies will keep the public updated about when to leave and which routes to take. In addition, agencies will notify residents when the alert is lifted. In the event that there is a need for evacuation, citizens in affected areas will receive a call from 911 Dispatch with a recorded message with specific evacuation information. To receive these messages on cell phones, citizens are encouraged to visit http://www.deschutes.org/citizenalerts and register their numbers with the Citizen Alert program. At this time, there are no towns, subdivisions or structures under evacuation.
For firefighter and public safety, the current closure area includes the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) between Trail #3531 and the PCT Trailhead on Highway 242. PCT hikers have a reroute option using the Scott Trail traveling west to Highway 242. The closure still includes Forest Roads 15 (Pole Ck RD) & 16 (Three Creeks Rd) south to FS 4601 Road. Maps and descriptions are available at Forest Service offices and at http://inciweb.org
Tonight will be the last evening Update for the Pole Creek Fire.
22,125 acres (from infrared flight)
Unknown - Under Investigation
Total - 1,212
Type 1 Crews - 4; Dozers - 8; Water Tenders - 16; Helicopters - 8
Type 2 Crews - 29; Engines - 41; Camp Crews - 2; Overhead - 379
Continue on mop-up along all perimeters of the fire. Continue completing secondary containment lines. Identify options to keep the fire in check on the western perimeter. Continue rehab of suppression impacts.
Fire Weather Forecast:
Tonight: Temps, 43-61 degrees; Relative humidity, 18-23%; winds, 4-8 mph from the NW, p.m. gusts 14-15
Deschutes County Sheriff, Deschutes County SAR, City of Sisters, Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire District, Black Butte Ranch RFPD, Cloverdale FD, Oregon Department of Forestry, American Red Cross, Oregon Department of Transportation