Pole Creek Fire Update – September 20 – 3:00 pm

Incident Overview

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.

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Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown-under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday September 09th, 2012 approx. 10:45 AM
Location 6 miles Southwest of Sisters, OR
Incident Commander Brian Watts

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,212
Size 24,392 acres
Percent Contained 40%
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.

Outlook

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.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
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.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 7 mph NE
Temperature 79 degrees
Humidity 22%

Pole Creek Fire Update – September 12, 8:00 am

The Pole Creek Fire Information office is now operational with phone and internet service, located at the Incident Command Post at the Sisters Rodeo Ground, on Highway 20, 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 posted at http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/.

Crews held lines throughout yesterday and kept fire spread to a minimum. Two spot fires were discovered and are now staffed, with air resources providing assistance to ground crews. Firing operations were conducted overnight along the fire’s southeast perimeter to improve existing containment lines.

For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains in place. The closure includes Forest Service roads 15 and 16 (Three Creeks Road), several spur roads, trailheads and the Three Creeks Campground area. Closed roads will be signed, barricaded, and/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 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 www.deschutes.org and register their numbers with the Citizen Alert program. 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

4,336 Acres   

Containment

5 %

Cause

Unknown – Under Investigation

Resources

Total – 493*

*As of Tuesday Evening

Type 1 Crews – 2                Dozers – 4
Type 2 Crews – 4                 Engines – 21                   additional resources are ordered
Helicopters – 6                    Water Tenders – 12
Overhead – 122                   Camp Crews – 2

Plans

Hold containment lines, continue to patrol and respond to spot fires. Scout for containment lines on west side of fire in the wilderness where it is safe for firefighters.

Forecasted Fire Weather

Temperatures will reach upper 60’s today.  Relative humidity minimum 20%.  Winds from the east 4-8 mph with afternoon gusts up to 20 mph.

Cooperators

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

Pole Creek Fire Update – September 10 Evening

SISTERS – Approximately 300 firefighters were engaged in managing the Pole Creek fire today. Winds have increased fire acreage to 4,300 acres.

Most of the heavy burning in the fire is occurring in the wilderness with lighter underburning occurring in lower portions of the fire.

A community meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Sisters Elementary School, 611 Cascade Ave, in Sisters. Fire camp will move to the Sisters Fairgrounds tomorrow.

The Sheriff’s Department has created an information line for the public, 541-550-4886. For media inquiries, please contact Central Oregon Dispatch’s media desk, 541-416-6811.

A Type 2 team is taking over management of the fire at 8 p.m. today. When a fire information line and information center is established for the fire, the public and media will be informed.

2012-09-10-Pole Creek Fire Map

Pole Creek Fire Update – September 10

Sisters, Ore – The fire is currently progressing towards the west and southwest into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the area remains very smokey.

The Pacific Crest Trail is open at this time.  An emergency closure remains in effect that includes the area south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie pass) following the Deschutes county line west then south near the Three Creek Lake and east to Forest Service road 4606, including portions of the Three Sisters Wilderness.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6pm this evening at the Sisters Elementary School located at 611 E Cascade Avenue. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to get information about the Pole Creek fire.  The pre-evacuation notice is still in place.  For more information on the status of evacuations please call 541-550-4886 for the most up to date information.

For more information and updates on the Pole Creek fire, visit the InciWeb website at: http://inciweb.org/indicent/3244/.

Firefighters Battle Pole Creek Fire

Everyone has been evacuated within the closure area of the Pole Creek Fire.  This includes Forest Service roads 15, 16, including the Three Creeks Campground area, 1018, and Hwy 242 has been closed at mile posts 88 and 55. Four vehicles in the fire area have been destroyed and several others have sustained damage. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be following up with the owners.

Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including the Edgington Remuda area have been given a Precautionary Pre-Evacuation Notification. This is just a notice to be prepared. It is not an evacuation at this time. For more information on the status of evacuations please call 541-550-4886 for the most up to date information.

The Pole Creek fire started in the Three Sisters Wilderness near the Pole Creek Trailhead and was reported around 10:45 this morning.  The fire has grown to approximately 1500 acres and the cause is unknown at this time. A red flag warning has been issued for Monday for the Central Oregon area. A cold front is expected on Monday to bring gusts of wind up to 40 miles per hour and will be followed by warmer and dryer weather. A Type III incident management team was on the fire by this afternoon and will work through the night constructing fireline and possible burnouts.  A Type II incident management team has been ordered and will transition tomorrow.  Resources on scene include air resources, dozers, handcrews and engines with additional resources ordered.

For public and firefighter safety we please ask everyone adhere to the closure areas in effect. As we get information we will let people know.  For Evacuation Readiness information checkout the FEMA website  http://www.ready.gov/  or Project Wildfire at http://projectwildfire.org/

 

Precautionary Evacuation Notice in Effect for Crossroads Area

Crossroads area outside of Sisters, OR including Edgington Remuda area and Homes along the 16 road are being notified of Precautionary Evacuation Notification due to the Pole Creek Fire burning outside of Sisters, OR.

Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed. Highway 242 is closed at the Trout Creek intersection on the Sisters side and at White Ranch on the McKenzie side of the highway. Three Creeks Campground is also being evacuated at this time.

For more information on the evacuations please contact Deschutes County Sheriff’s office non-emergency line.