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Petes Lake Fire Expands, Along With Evacuation Warnings

SISTERS, OR -- The Petes Lake Fire grew rapidly over the weekend, due to hot and windy conditions. Acreage increased from 320 on Friday, to 3,009 acres as of Monday morning. It has not crossed the crest of the Cascades. 

The Petes Lake Fire was first reported August 25th in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Cascade Lakes Highway recently reopened to two-way traffic, between Elk Lake and Lava Lake, but fire managers warn delays could occur with fire equipment moving in and out of the area.

Deschutes County's Sheriff's Office issued a Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation notice, Monday, for: Areas around Elk, Hosmer, Lava and Little Lave Lakes. This includes areas east of Cascade Lakes Hwy from Blue Lagoon north to Quinn Meadows.

The Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation notice is still in place for: All areas west of the Cascade Lakes Hwy from the Lucky Lake Trailhead north to the Mirror Lake Trail. This includes the areas around Lucky Lake, Leech Lake, Doris Lake, Blow Lake and Mirror Lakes.

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