Lightning Caused Pole Creek Wildfire

SISTERS, Ore. — Investigators say lightning sparked a nearly 27,000 acre fire near Sisters. They say a small isolated thunderstorm passed over the Pole Creek Trailhead on September 8 the day the fire started. The fire has been 100 percent contained for about a month, but crews were going to let it burn out.

Pole Creek Fire Contained

SISTERS, Ore. — The Pole Creek Wildfire is now contained. Containment means there is a fire line completely around the fire. The Sisters Fairgrounds base camp is closed up and the fire has been turned over from an interagency team back to the ranger district. Soon the rehabilitation work begins. “Placing logs and rocks and … Continue reading »

Fire Near Sisters Grows Overnight

SISTERS, Ore. — The Pole Creek Fire has grown more than 4,000 acres since Tuesday. The fire has burned 22,000 acres, five miles southwest of Sisters, and was 20 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed … Continue reading »

Man Sells Pole Creek Fire Shirts

SISTERS, Ore. — As the Pole Creek Fire continues to burn, some people are trying to help the economy. One entrepreneur decided to make and sell “Pole Creek Fire” shirts, complete with the year on them. His shirt stand is located outside the fire camp at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds.

Residents Remain on Alert in Sisters

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 … Continue reading »

Residents on Alert as Fire Nears

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 … Continue reading »

Valley Smoke from the Pole Creek Fire

EUGENE, Ore. — Smoke from the Pole Creek fire moved into the southern Willamette Valley Sunday night. The air quality level in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and surrounding communities is now at moderate; the smoky air may be a moderate health concern for those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. The skies will remain … Continue reading »

Wildfire Study Looks At Economic Impact

EUGENE, Ore. — While wildfires disrupt the lives of workers, employers and families but employment and wages in some sectors sometimes increase. That’s what a first of its kind study from The University of Oregon revealed. Researchers found, on average, about six percent of the money spent on a fire went into the local community.  … Continue reading »

Pole Creek Fire Spreading

Near SISTERS, Ore. — Residents will continue to see plumes of smoke coming from the Pole Creek Fire Friday, which is located about six miles southwest of Sisters. The fire grew overnight on its northwest and southwest edges. It is burning an estimated 5,677 acres. The fire is 10 percent contained. County health officials say … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Pole Creek Fire

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 … Continue reading »

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