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 smoky today with winds out of the east northeast; but winds will shift to the southwest Tuesday, which should clear out the smoke.
The Pole Creek Fire has burned 16,500 acres to the southwest of Sisters and is 10% contained. Fire crews are taking advantage of light winds to continue burnout operations to strengthen containment lines.
The Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2, pre-evacuation alert. Large animals and persons with special needs, or in need of assistance, should be moved from these areas at this time; all other residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
An American Red Cross aide station is open until 8:00 p.m. at the Sisters Elementary School gymnasium for individuals to get out of the smoke. Also, a public meeting will be held at the school at 7:30 p.m., for updates on the fire.
Forest Roads 15, 16 and 4601 and the Pacific Crest Trail between trail #3531 and Highway 242 remain closed.
Photo Courtesy of Tom Iraci