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Crews Battle Pole Creek Fire

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Near SISTERS, Ore. — The plume of smoke is massive over the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Incident managers are paying close attention to the unstable atmosphere, high temperatures and low humidity.

Smoke from the Pole Creek Fire can be seen for more than a hundred miles.

There are 652 personnel, along with four hot shot crews trying to hold the containment lines.

At this point it’s only about 5 percent contained and expected to grow at least Thursday given the conditions. The residents in the Crossroads and Edgington area are on pre-evacuation notice.

The heat is definitely down from mid-summer, but still an issue as it sits in the mid 80s.

“(It) definitely is impacting fire behavior and influencing that the firefighters themselves are all doing very well. They have plenty of water hydrating themselves and in good shape,” said Incident Commander Brian Watts.

The crews have also had a long season. Some have been fighting fires all over the U.S. since the summer began, and now they’re still dealing with this big one in September.

Those hundreds of firefighters are working in shifts. When they aren’t out at the fire, they are at the camp sleeping. It’s also there where they eat and get briefed to head out again.

Click here to find out the latest about the fire and air quality in the Willamette Valley.

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