Fire officials have closed a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Highway 242 in response to a fire that has scorched more than 5,000 acres near Sisters and continues to send a massive column of smoke over Central Oregon.
As of this evening, the Pole Creek Fire had spread to 5,677acres and was 10 percent contained.
“We’ve just had a really active fire day," said Bill Queen, a fire information officer. “There’s no question it has grown."
The PCT is closed from Trail 3531 to the trailhead at Highway 242. Information for hikers, including detours, will be posted along the trail.
The fire continues to burn on the Deschutes National Forest, including the Three Sisters Wilderness along the base of North Sister, about six miles southwest of Sisters.