View from atop Cline Butte Sunday morning shows early stages of Pole Creek Fire that grew rapidly the rest of the day
Nick Pastore shot series of photos from 7,900-foot summit of Black Crater in early stages of Pole Creek Fire; it was still fairly small in this first image
Bright red spots are visible along base of smoke as trees explode in flame early on the Pole Creek Fire in view from Black Crater summit
From the right - or wrong - angle, it could look like South Sister was erupting, but Jeani Engstrom said they knew it was smoke from a wildfire while paddling their canoe on Waldo Lake
Tanker plane has emerged from smoke and is climbing toward Black Crater summit from where Nick Pastore watched early part of Pole Creek Fire Sunday morning
An early image of the start of the Pole Creek Fire SW of Sisters
Early image of Pole Creek Fire when runner Ian Sharman said it 'looked like a volcano had gone off'
Pole Creek Fire was extremely visible from very early on Sunday
Early view of the Pole Creek Fire Sunday
Towering plume of Pole Creek Fire early Sunday afternoon from atop Pilot Butte in Bend
Panoramic image of the Pole Creek Fire from the top of Bend's Pilot Butte
Arwen Adamson was part of a group floating the Little Deschutes in Oregon Water Wonderland when they saw what they thought was a thundercloud -- but it just got bigger and bigger.'
Early view of Pole Creek Fire Sunday from Tumalo
View of Pole Creek Fire around 1 p.m. Sunday from Salmon Avenue in Redmond
Dramatic view of Pole Creek Fire from Sisters around 1 p.m. Sunday
Thick plume of smoke from wildfire that erupted near Pole Creek in Three Sisters Wilderness
Many knew the best spot to see the sweeping vista of wildfire smoke - Bend's Pilot Butte, as this panoramic shot shows
Pole Creek Fire view, taken from the ridge between Broken Top and Broken Hand
Huge smoke plume visible from Tweed Road in Tumalo
A widely visible dramatic wildfire smoke plume on a September Sunday equals plenty of photo opportunities
Another image of the whirlwind of smoke Sunday from the Pole Creek Fire
Pole Creek Fire towers over Sisters
Monstrous smoke plume towers over typically tranquil Tumalo scene Sunday
Sean Reed had this view from the Round Swamp area of Wickiup Reservoir near La Pine and said it 'looked like Mt. Bachelor was erupting'
Dick Quinn says this view of the fire was taken from the Crater Ditch Trail with hisCanon SX230HS pocket digicam.
For much of the day, smoke from Pole Creek Fire streamed to the northeast
Towering plume of smoke from Pole Creek Fire soared high into sky in view from Awbrey Butte on Bend's Westside
From city to countryside, plume of Pole Creek Fire was visible to all across Central Oregon Sunday
Surreal scene from Sisters Airport as Pole Creek Fire explodes in size SW of Sisters
Firefighters waiting to be deployed stand in awe of the mushrooming Pole Creek Fire
Pilot Joseph Berto says this is the trailhead area where 4 cars were destroyed; he says firefighters were able to save others
View of Pole Creek Fire from near summit of South Sister on Sunday
Pole Creek Fire was blowing up in distance in Sunday view from South Sister summit
Jacob Sherman's family summited S. Sister Sunday and had front-row view of the Pole Creek Fire, saw planes and helicopters on scene by time pic was taken about 12:45 p.m.
Hiking back from Whychus waterfalls, Lisa Cutter saw the fire coming over ridge fromPole Creek
Blue skies, a green irrigated field -- and a towering plume of Pole Creek Fire smoke
Drivers on Highway 126 between Sisters and Redmond had an awe-inspiring view of Pole Creek Fire Sunday afternoon
Towering cloud of smoke from Pole Creek Fire from Scott Pass early Sunday afternoon
Kevin Johnson was on the water when he took this photo of the smoke from the Pole Creek Fire from Scott Lake on the west side of McKenzie Pass
Dramatic Pole Creek Fire smoke plume, as seen from Bend's Awbrey Butte
Smoke plume blows across summer sky
Sarah Stahl says she 'arrived at Sparks Lake meadow area Sunday evening about 4:30 with only a wisp of smoke in view...by 5:30, it was this.'
Famous 'running horses' artwork in Sisters was dwarfed Sunday by the fast-running Pole Creek Fire
Air travelers arriving or departing at Redmond's Roberts Field Sunday had another good reason to look to the skies.
Plume rose tall over homes across region
Trees explode as retardant plane makes another run on the fast-growing Pole Creek Fire southwest of Sisters
Smoke streams over the towering Smith Rock setting
Towering smoke plume turns sky dark over Sisters
Retardant bomber, water-dropping helicopter work to contain the Pole Creek Fire SW of Sisters
Smoke pillows in view from Sunburst Court in Bend
Dramatic colors of the swirling smoke plume from Pole Creek Fire
As sun began to set behind the Pole Creek Fire smoke, it took on ominous shapes Sunday evening
From near or far, Sunday's towering smoke plume from Pole Creek fire was awe-inspiring
Pole Creek Fire towers in background as Smokey Bear stands guard over a fire danger sign in Sisters on Sunday
Retardant plane seen in area of tall Pole Creek Fire smoke plume
Kevin Langdon took 'kind of a unique pic of the sun from my (Redmond() home on Sunday, through the Pole Creek Fire smoke'
Retardant plane drops its load on the fast-advancing Pole Creek Fire southwest of Sisters
Awe-inspiring sights from every angle of the Pole Creek Fire on Sunday
Sun is an orange dot in a big black cloud of wildfire smoke from Summit Credit in Redmond
Tumalo view of the Pole Creek Fire smoke Sunday evening from Tumalo
Spooky sun setting over Eagle Crest Sunday as Pole Creek Fire raged
Growing dark smoke plume covered the sun in a Sunday evening from Redmond's Summit Crest subdivision
Karen Lundgren watched the color and size of the smoke plume change from her deck on a Tumalo cliff
People often see familiar shapes in clouds -- and smoke plumes, like this view of the Pole Creek Fire Sunday evening
Pole Creek Fire smoke fills the Sunday evening sky over Prineville
Orange sun through Pole Creek Fire smoke on Sunday
Pole Creek Fire smoke swallowed up the Sunday sun
Not a storm cloud, but a smoke plume from the Pole Creek Fire, looming overhead in Redmond Sunday evening
Seeing shapes in clouds is a game many play -- but odd shapes in a foreboding smoke plume is something else
Pole Creek Fire smoke plume was visible for a long ways, as in this view from Prineville
View of wildfire smoke from NE Bend around 7:45 p.m. Sunday night
Ominous smoke cloud takes over the clear sky and mountain views
Wide view of darkening smoke cloud Sunday evening
In view from Tumalo Reservoir, smoke from Pole Creek Fire is ready to blot out the sun
View from Prineville resident Joe Hudspeth's backyard Sunday evening
Sunday evening view of the Pole Creek Fire from Allie Rockett's Tumalo home
View of Pole Creek Fire smoke from rooftop in Tumalo Sunday evening
As sun sets, the Pole Creek Fire smoke plume looks pink, but anything but rosy.
Sunday night view from Prineville Reservoir of the Pole Creek Fire's smoke plume
Sunday evening view of the Pole Creek Fire smoke from Redmond Airport (Roberts Field)
Smoky sunset Sunday evening as seen by Judy Wabs from her Prineville home
Dark cloud Sunday evening from Pole Creek Fire
Eerie glow of the Pole Creek Fire in Sunday night view from Tumalo
Firefighter Kurt Solomon shared this photo from the lines of the Pole Creek Fire Sunday night
Glow of Pole Creek Fire seen from Tumalo was punctuated by bright light of torched trees Sunday night
Fierce glow of Pole Creek Fire was visible for miles Sunday night
Glow of Pole Creek Fire SW of Sisters was quite visible from atop Bend's Pilot Butte Sunday night
A 30-second time exposure by Dick Quinn of Cloverdale shows that despite all that wildfire smoke, the stars indeed came out Sunday night
Eerie Sunday night view of the Pole Creek Fire had people in a line of cars in Sisters taking photos; 'hope we don't see this fire pop over that ridge,' said photographer Annamarie Norman
Plenty of smoke still billowing from the Pole Creek Fire early Monday morning
Pole Creek smoke as seen from Pilot Butte Monday evening
Firefighter works the lines Tuesday of the Pole Creek Fire southwest of Sisters
The scene Tuesday at Pole Creek Trailhead, in area near fire start, some cars destroyed by fire
Wildfire smoke can make you cough and your eyes water, but it also can bring images of beauty, such as this Tuesday evening scene.
Billie Sue Richter of Culver saw this beautiful sunset Wednesday night, as the sun peeked from behind the smoke from the Pole Creek Fire
Smoke settles into the Sisters area with Black Butte rising above it in view from Bend's Pilot Butte
While some views were decidedly smoky this week, sunset behind the mountains Wednesday from Pilot Butte was clearer and no less beautiful
View of the Pole Creek Fire from Broken Top Thursday afternoon
Thick smoke covered much of the western sky from Bend's Eastside Thursday night
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