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The Shadow Lake Fire, 15 miles northwest of Sisters, is now at 4600 acres and crews are trying to make progress before a new weather system moves in. Fire officials say a very successful burnout was undertaken along the 960 Road and the historic Santiam Wagon Road to secure the line and protect the campgrounds and structures adjacent to the Big Lake area. A short window of opportunity existed for crews to successfully burnout the north and northwest sections of the fire line before unstable air, warmer temperatures and increased winds come into the area on Thursday, pushing the fire west back towards Big Lake.” Fire spokesperson Katie Lighthall says the biggest impact to the local community at this point is all the smoke: “The decision that they made, as a group to fight it with indirect suppressions techniques as based upon firefighter safety. And just the fact that the area up there is so rugged and so full of dead and downed trees and snags, that it just was not a safe place to put firefighters. There were no safety zones.” Starting Wednesday, fire activity will probably increase and growth is predicted to be driven by winds out of the east. A community meeting is planned for tonight in Sisters; at 7 p.m. at the Sisters Elementary School.

 

 

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