Residents on Alert as Fire Nears

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SISTERS, Ore. — Concern heightens as the Pole Creek Fire grows to more than 16,000 acres. There are more than a thousand crews working on the fire, which is only 10 percent contained.

People living in the Crossroads and Edgington areas are on pins and needles waiting to see if they must evacuate as the fire moves closer.

Residents are receiving Level 2 alerts, which means dangerous conditions exist. People with special needs are being asked to leave and it’s recommended animals be transported to other locations. If residents are required to evacuate, they will likely receive a call with a recorded message or a knock on the door telling them to go.

Crossroads resident Susan Battles has her car loaded up and ready to go.

“I am living out of paper bags and bits of suitcases in the house, so I can just grab last minute stuff. I can’t even do my hair, that’s all packed. So yeah, we are kind of just living on the edge,” said Battles.

“We have our trailer packed and we have our truck ready to go so we can be out of here in 15 to 20 minutes probably,” said Mert Meeker, another Crossroads resident.

The visibility from the smoke is down to a couple of miles, so the American Red Cross has set up an aid station in the gym at Sisters Elementary School for people looking to seek shelter from the smoke.

Incident commanders will be holding a community fire update at the Sisters Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. and most of the people living in the pre-evacuation zone plan on attending.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Noble

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