Fire near Sisters more than doubles in size

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 5:39 AM

SISTERS, Ore. -- The Pole Creek Fire near Sisters, Oregon grew over the weekend from 7,000 acres to about 16,500, and some nearby residents were under pre-evacuation orders Monday, officials said.

Crews estimated Monday morning that the fire was 10 percent contained, but said the weather forecast over the next couple days looked favorable for increased containment lines. Dry, hot weather was expected to return by the end of the week.

Residents in the Crossroads, Edgington and Remuda areas were under a Level 2 pre-evacuation alert, meaning they should be prepared to "leave at a moment's notice," according to Deschutes County officials. A reverse-911 system will notify those who must evacuate.

Unhealthy smoke levels were expected to remain in the area for several days. More than 1,100 people were working to extinguish the blaze.

A community meeting was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Sisters Elementary School, 611 East Cascades Avenue, to discuss the latest fire conditions.

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