1,100 people fighting fire near Sisters; evacuations pending

SISTERS, Ore. - More than 1,100 people are fighting to keep a wildfire in Central Oregon from forcing residents from their homes.

Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas west of the Forest Road 16 and south of Highway 20 in the vicinity of Sisters remain on a level two pre-evacuation notice due to the Pole Creek fire.

The fire has burned 16,000 acres and is 10 percent contained.

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People in those areas should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Large animals should be moved now to save time in the event of an evacuation.

Even those homes not in peril from the flames feel the effects of the fire: plumes of wildfire smoke billowed up over Sisters, visible from the Willamette Valley.

People with breathing problems should avoid inhaling the smoke. The American Red Cross opened an aide station at the Sisters Elementary School gymnasium, 611 East Cascades Ave, to provide a place for individuals to get out of the smoke in the Sisters area.

The aide station will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., through at least Monday evening. Snacks and water will be available as well as access to current fire information.

A meeting to update the public about the Pole Creek fire will be held on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Sisters Elementary School.

The Incident Management Team managing the fire will provide a briefing on the fire. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact the Pole Creek Fire information line at (541) 549-6935.