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    Posted August 2, 2010 by
    Sisters, Oregon
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    Forest Fire Near Sisters, Oregon 8/2/2010


    A fire is currently burning approximately 5 miles south of Sisters, Oregon (Deschutes County) on Forest Service land.


    As of 3 pm the fire was about 8 to 10 acres in size.  We have seen at least 5 large planes fly over to dump retardant on the fire.  The planes are being flown out of the Redmond, Oregon airport where there is a large fire fighting facility.


    The smoke has grown denser over the past hour.  These photo's were taken between 4 and 4:15 pm.


    We are staying at the KOA Bend/Sisters RV Park and are being kept up to date on the conditions by park employee Don Hughes.  We are readying our motor home for a quick pull out should conditions warrant.


    Forest Service Road 16 has been closed for the fire fighting efforts according to a Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch official.  At this time, the fire is not threatening any structures.


    Update 6:16 pm


    According to Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch spokeswoman Lisa Clark. the fire which was reported to be 8 to 10 acres at 3 p.m. had grown to 1,000 acres by 5 p.m..


    There are approximately 100 people working on the fire, including hotshot and hand crews and inmates from the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras.  Structure protection is being provided by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department.


    No evacuations have been announced by the Deschutes County Sheriffs Department.


    We are seeing the smoke clearly changing to white plumes from the amount of borate and water which has been dumped on the fire for the last several hours.


    Our 'neighbor' campers in the Bend/Sister KOA are breathing sighs of relief and anxious to hear that the fire will be completely out.  We have been standing together watching the smoke for the past several hours and keeping in touch with the park office for updates.

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