New fire burning by Camp Sherman


Published Sep 24, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

A new fire is burning five miles west of Camp Sherman, and the Pole Creek Fire grew about 300 acres overnight to 25,886 acres, according to fire officials. It is 55 percent contained.

No lightning was reported during the weekend, although wind did cause a spot fire over a fire line to the west side of Trout Creek Butte. Overnight rain helped firefighters with the blaze, which was to be contained Sunday. Firefighters planned to create secondary containment lines in case more spot fires broke out.

Residents in the Crossroads and Edgington/Remuda areas remain under a Level 2 pre-evacuation alert. The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed between trail No. 3531 and the PCT trailhead on state Highway 242. Forest roads 15 and 16 remain closed.

The Canyon Creek Fire is at least 40 acres, burning east of Jack Lake in an area of dead trees burned by the B&B Complex Fire in 2003. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As a result of the Canyon Creek Fire, Jack Creek Campground, and the Jack Lake and Booth Lake areas are closed. Round Lake Trail No. 4012 and Minto Lake Trail No. 4006 are both closed. The Summit Trail between Square and Wasco lakes is closed, as is the Canyon Creek Trail No. 4010 to Canyon Creek Meadows. Forest roads 12 and 1210 remain open.

The public is asked to stay away from the area, which is about five miles northwest of Camp Sherman.

— Bulletin staff report