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Fire Crews Working To Contain Blaze Near Sisters

OPB | Sept. 10, 2012 4:47 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2012 12:22 p.m.

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Pole Creek Fire nears Sisters. Photo courtesy Charles Kelso

Pole Creek Fire nears Sisters. Photo courtesy Charles Kelso

Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire that already burned 1,500 acres southwest of Sisters.

The Pole Creek Fire erupted Sunday morning in an area popular with hikers. That set area search and rescue teams to work to clearing hundreds of acres of trails around the blaze.

No evacuations have been ordered but, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to stay vigilant.


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Janice Madden is a fire information officer on the blaze. She says firefighters are watching the weather carefully.

“A lot of it just depends on what the weather does today. And then if we get another window of opportunity when we have maybe lower temperatures or higher humidity. That will help out crews as well.”

Madden says over night crews were able to conduct some backburn operations. That’s where crews set smaller fires to create fire breaks.

Smoke from Pole Creek fire.

Smoke from Pole Creek fire.

Courtesy Kristy Bryner

Forecasters are expecting a cold front to move through the area. But with that says Madden comes the potential for 25 to 30 mile per hour winds.

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