SISTERS, Ore. — The Pole Creek Fire southwest of Sisters is enveloping the town in smoke. Residents living on the edge of the city remain on pre-evacuation status and must be ready to leave at a moments notice.
City officials held a meeting Monday night at the Sisters Elementary School to update residents on the fire.
Officials told the crowd, the fire had grown to more than 16,000 acres and more than one thousand personal were working to get it under control. The containment of the fire was 15 percent, as of Monday night.
People with special needs have been asked to leave and large animals have been transported out of the area of Crossroad and Edginigton. All other residents are prepared to leave quickly, if necessary.
Officials also told homeowners that there is concern for the fire to grow because of the continuing dry and warm weather conditions. Also, the smoke in the Sisters area will likely stick around for a long time.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says it is complicated process to decide whether an evacuation is necessary.
“Weather is a big factor in that and we want folks to stay at that Level 2 alert. So, they are prepared to go because there are a lot of factors and we don’t know what is going to happen,” said Deschutes Sheriff’s Office Cpt. Shane Nelson.
If an evacuation should occur, a 911 message will go out and the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office will go door to door notifying residents; they say the safety of the public is its utmost priority.