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Pole Creek Fire update

Fire officials are anticipating another active day on the 5,677 acre Pole Creek Fire. The passing thermal trough extended the burning period overnight pushing containment lines and resulting in modest growth on the southwest to northwest edges of the fire. Citizens and visitors to the Central Oregon area can expect visible columns of smoke again today as firefighters work to improve and extend their containment lines. Slightly warmer temperatures, low humidity, and forecasted westerly winds will again test containment lines.
   Key members from Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (ORIIMT4) will conduct two informational briefings at the Preparedness Fair in Sisters on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Sisters Elementary School. Fire Information Officers will also staff a booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fair.
   Smoke is likely to remain in the Sisters and surrounding areas as it settles at night into valleys and drainages. Smoke density will depend on wind speeds and direction. County Health Officials advise that people with respiratory problems or other health issues, stay indoors with their windows and doors closed during periods of heavy smoke. Visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/index.htm, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality wildfire information page for more information on active fires and air quality, along with tools to help people assess smoke levels in their area.
   For firefighter and public safety, a large area closure remains in place. Closures include Forest Roads 15 and 16 (Three Creeks Rd); spur roads, trailheads and Three Creeks Campground area. Closed roads are 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/.
   If 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, no towns, subdivisions or structures are under immediate threat of evacuation.
   The fire has reached about 5,677 acres, and is about 10 percent contained. Its cause remains unknown and is still under investigation