Monday, August 21, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update, August 21

Contact: (541) 316-7711

COIDC Evening Update, August 21

Redmond, OR – As an estimated one million visitors settled into central Oregon to enjoy the eclipse in the path of totality, crews were prepared to respond to any new smoke and fires that were reported. Four new fires were reported today, including a mutual aid response with the Post-Paulina Rural Fire Protection Association (RFPA) which is currently .4 acre. The other fires responded to today were all fully contained at an acre or less.

Milli Fire –Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire today, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas: All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch. Existing evacuations include: Level 3 - Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing subdivisions; Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- Tollgate subdivision and the community of Black Butte Ranch.

Winds from the southeast are pushing the fire north between Lava Camp Lake and Black Crater Lake. Crews and masticators continue working along OR242 to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Securing the northern flank of the fire is the highest priority. For more information on the Milli Fire, visit inciweb at

Belknap Fire - located in the Ochoco National Forest, is 125 acres and 95% contained. The Belknap fire is located in the Mill Creek Wilderness and has caused a temporary closure of certain trails, including the Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

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For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.


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