Hotter weather over the next couple of days could pose a big threat to fire suppression efforts near Ssiters.
The change in the forecast is calling for warmer temperatures and lower humidity. The fire behavior is expected to be more similar to last Sunday when it first broke out and grew quickly casting a massive smoke plume seen throughout the area.
Fire spokesperson Katie Lighthall says the fire is still burning away from the populated areas and they hope the weather won't dramatically change its direction.
LIghthall spoke to 1110 KBND news Thursday afternoon. "The Pole Creek Fire" is currently estimated at just over 5 thousand acres.
"GOING INTO THE WEEKEND WE ARE LOOKING AT A SIGNIFICANT WEATHER CHANGE- AND WE ARE ALREADY SEEING THE SMOKE INVERSION LIFT - WHICH IS WHAT WE EXPECTED - AND GOING INTO THE WEEKEND WE'RE EXPECTING HIGHER TEMPERATURES AND HIGHER HUMIDITY - THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL ALSO MAKE IT MUCH MORE LIKELY FOR PEOPLE TO SEE A HUGE SMOKE COLUmn MUCH LIKE WE DID THAT FIRST DAY."
"WE HAVE 650 PEOPLE FIGHTING THE FIRE- WE'RE LEARNING HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO GET THOSE RESOURCES-WE'VE STILL GOT 6 HELICOPTERS HERE SO WE'RE ABLE TO PUT SOME OF THOSE AIR RESOURCES ON THE FIRE - AND THAT'S PRETTY GOOD CONSIDERING THE WEST IS STILL BURNING AND THERE ARE FIRES WITH HIGHER PRIORITIES THAN US."
Washington State has seen many wildfires crop up after a weekend lightning storm. The Pole Creek Fire was reported on Sunday and the cause is still under investigation, but lightning has been ruled out. More fire crews and resources have been ordered. Deschutes County has a special fire information number set up - if the fire escalates the hotline will be updated frequently. It's 541-550-4886.