'Significant Progress' on Pole Creek fire

'Significant Progress' on Pole Creek fire
Burnout near Three Creek Meadow. Photo courtesy Tom Iraci.

SISTERS, Ore. -- Firefighters reported making significant progress on the Pole Creek fire on Sunday with crews making established control lines all around the fire.

While this is a substantial step forward in battling the over 40-square mile blaze burning in the Willamette National Forest, Monday's forecast brings drier and warmer air to the region. With winds also picking up on Monday, the lines could be tested before cooler weather returns on Tuesday.

People living in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas are still under a pre-evacuation alert. Local public safety agencies are standing at the ready to help evacuate the area southwest of Sisters if the fire starts to spread outward.

People living in the area are advised to visit the Deschutes County website to register their mobile number in case an evacuation notice is sent out.

The fire was listed as 65% contained on Monday morning, and is burning just over 26,000 acres of forest land. Over 1,000 firefighters and personnel members are working to control the fire.