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The Pole Creek Fire still manages to send up columns of spectacular smoke from time to time, but reports indicate firefighters are gaining the upper hand.

Fire spokesperson Kristin Bowles says at last report, the fire burned 24,392 acres and is 40% contained.

 

"The last update that we got from operations is that all of our lines are holding, mop-ups continuing. The columns that folks are seeing, at this point is all the interior of the fire. All of the closures are still in place and that's for public and firefighter safety."

 

Bowles says helicopters are still being used to fight the fire, and overnight smoke will continue to be a problem.

 

The Deschutes County Health Department issued a continued smoke advisory, especially for Sisters area residents, that the levels will probably be "high" for two weeks or more.

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