Rescue Radio by Portland Mountain Rescue

2012 Pole Creek Fire

September 30, 2021 Amy Graham Season 1 Episode 11
Rescue Radio by Portland Mountain Rescue
2012 Pole Creek Fire
Show Notes

Created by: Mari Feher, Hosted by:  Ania Wiktorowicz

A fire erupted on  Sept. 8, 2012, and burned about 26,000 acres, or about 40 square miles at the Pole Creek trailhead.  The fire that was caused by lightning cost about $18 million to fight. The surging blaze destroyed four cars at the trailhead in the Three Sisters Wilderness, endangering 30 hikers and campers who had to be rescued out of the forest. 

One of those climbers was our very own Ania, who just completed a climb to the top on North Sister, a rugged, dangerous mountain on its own. Come, listen to the harrowing story of how Ania and her team run out the fire while trees burst into flames along the way. How did they make it out? By being prepared and by using their rational navigational system.  

Fire preparedness resources mentioned: 

insiweb.nwcg.gov
fire.or.gov
oregon.gov - Oregon department of environmental
nwcc.gov -North West Interagency Coordination Center