Contact: Tom Lavagnino (Fire Information) 541-549-6935
Pole Creek Fire Update
Sunday October 7, 2012 (08:00)
Sisters, OR – Reports from fire fighters and a reconnaissance flight all indicated that the amount of smoke over the fire area was significantly less yesterday than previous days. The northern fire perimeter especially, generated far less smoke than expected. Crews have removed most excess equipment and are in the patrol mode monitoring for any hot spots or smoke near the line. One medium-lift helicopter will support fire fighters today. It may be tasked with dropping water, picking up equipment, or reconnaissance missions.
A high pressure ridge remains over the fire area and temperatures will remain about the same as yesterday. Winds are predicted to be 2-5 miles per hour from the east, with 3-6 miles per hour from the south along ridge tops. The relative humidity is expected to be 17%. Today’s long range weather forecast suggests less of a chance for precipitation and little chance of a large wind event during the next week or longer. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm (October 12, 1962), fire managers are aware that the weather can and does change quickly at this time of year. They are hoping for a reasonable season-ending rain event without the high winds.
Today, timber falling crews will continue to drop hazardous snags (dead trees) where fire crews are working. No injuries have been reported yesterday and the safety record has been excellent.
Area Closure: An area around the fire remains closed to public access during fire suppression activities. The closure area includes: Forest Road 16 (Three Creek Lake), Forest Road 15 (Pole Creek Road), and a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST). A reroute is in place for that portion of the PCNST that is closed. Please refer to the website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3244, for further fire and closure information which includes maps and photos.
Residents are reminded that we are still in fire season and this fire is not fully contained. Due to hunters in the forest and continued dry conditions, there is a concern for new fire starts. If you are traveling in the forest, be aware of current fire restrictions and stay alert.
Unless conditions change, the last daily fire update will be Monday, October 8. On Tuesday, (10/09), the current Incident Management Team will be transferring command to a smaller organization based from the Sisters Ranger District.
The size of the fire is 26,761 acres (an increase of 251 acres from yesterday) and is 85% contained. Full containment is expected by 10/15. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported yesterday and no structures have been reported damaged or lost since the beginning of the fire on 09/09/2012.
Resources: 281 people assigned to the fire. Type I hand crews: 1, Type II hand crews: 5, Engines: 8, Water Tenders: 5, Camp Crews: 1, Helicopters: 1 (medium lift), Overhead: 55.