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Pole Creek Wildfire Information

The Pole Creek Fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Sisters, OR. As of October 19, 2012 the fire is 100% contained. This page will no longer be updated, this information is available for historical purposes only.

Protecting from harmful wildfire smoke

1. People with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly, and children have higher risk of health problems from breathing dense wildfire smoke. They should consider relocating to a place with better air quality.

2. Avoid smoke when it appears or smells the strongest by staying indoors or when DEQ indicates “Unhealthy” air conditions, closing and sealing all windows and doors. If your air conditioner uses re-circulated air, continue running it. If possible, use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter. If your air conditioner pulls in air from outside, turn it off. Locking windows may provide a tighter seal from the smoky air.

3. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary. Remember-the longer poor smoke conditions linger, the more likely a person’s health may be affected. Please be prepared and think ahead regarding ordering medications, leaving town, etc.

4. Avoid outdoor activities until air quality improves. Those who regularly work or exercise outside should suspend activity, or seek indoor solutions.

5. Continue to monitor local news outlets; we will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.

The recommendations above will continue UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, pending weather forecasts (changing wind direction and temperatures) and progress in containing the Pole Creek fire.

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