The Pole Creek fire started on Sunday September 9, 2012. The cause is currently under investigation. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, a National Type 2 Management Team, headed by Incident Commander Brian Watts, assumed command of the Pole Creek Fire on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:00pm and continues to manage this fire. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds.
Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. Level 1, 2, and 3 Evacuation Status is akin to a “Plan, Prep, Go” level of evacuation notices with Level 1 asking residents to be ready to evacuate if conditions change, Level 2 means residents should be set to go at a moment’s notice, Level 3 means authorities are advising residents to evacuate because their homes are in imminent danger. 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.
Smoke will continue to settle into Sisters and surrounding areas with the inversion each night. 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. You can also visit the Deschutes County Health Advisory for further information.
Visitors and recreationalist can still visit Sisters and other central Oregon communities in the area to enjoy the many amenities they have to offer. Current fire information is available throughout the community and available through local media outlets.
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 includes Forest Roads 15 (Pole Creek Road) and 16 (Three Creeks Road) south to Forest Road 4601. Maps and descriptions are available at Forest Service offices and on Inciweb.
|Date of Origin||Sunday September 09th, 2012 approx. 10:45 AM|
|Location||6 miles Southwest of Sisters, OR|
|Incident Commander||Brian Watts|
|Fuels Involved||Timber (litter and understory). Mature timber with significant dead and down, bug killed timber.|
|Fire Behavior||Active fire behavior, mostly interior.|
|Significant Events||Completed burnout on Div A/B. Continued mop-up and som rehabilitation. Need most of the current resources to ensure completion of mop-up, patrol, and rehabilitation.|
|Planned Actions||Continue mop-up on all divisions. Line preparation shoulod be completed by next shift. Looking at options to keep fire in check on west side, Div A/B.|
|Remarks||Temporary Flight Restriction expanded to the south to include the Helibase at Mt. Bachelor. Fire spread has been stopped outside of the Three Sisters Wilderness, but continues to spread within the wilderness. Increase in acreage due to interior growth contained by natural barriers within the Three Sisters Wilderness.|
|Wind Conditions||7 mph NE|