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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.  
 
Lori Raab

 

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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