Saturday, August 26, 2017

Milli Fire Evening Update, August 26

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Fire Information Line: 541-719-8135
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Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 13,780 acres
Percent Contained: 32%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 683 personnel

Milli Fire
August 26, 2017 Evening Update
There will be no public meeting this evening. A public meeting is planned for Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m. at Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures and evacuations will be provided.

Warmer and drier weather continues through the weekend. Fire activity continued on the west side of the fire burning in the wilderness. Dependent on weather, this area can periodically become more active and show more smoke. It is predicted that the Lava Camp Lake will not sustain extensive damage due to the sparse fuels in the area.

Day shift crews continue burnout operations to strengthen fire lines. Favorable weather conditions are allowing good progress along Forest Road 1018, south of OR 242, where crews conducted a burnout to close a small opening in the containment line. Firefighters in the field described the burnouts as very successful. Other areas of the fire showed minimal activity.
Burnout operations north of the fire in a block of land between FR 1030 and OR 242 are almost completed. Crews in that area are patrolling the exterior of the burned line to ensure there is no escaped fire.

Work continues with clearing fuels along strategic roadways as well as mop-up along the fire's edge. Mop-up continues along the eastern edge of the fire where firefighters are concentrating on the southeast corner. Crews can only safely enter certain areas of this portion of the fire. Where it is unsafe for firefighters, extinguishment is conducted by helicopters using water drops. Mop up is a methodical process in which firefighters work a distance in from the control line, extinguishing all burning material, felling snags and moving or securing logs to prevent them rolling downhill. This activity further strengthens the containment line. Fire suppression efforts are near completion south of the fire’s edge along FR 15.

The fire closure area for the Milli Fire was slightly reduced. Significant changes to the closure included the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, east of FR 16. All areas to the west of FR 16 will remain closed. There will be a continuing presence of firefighting personnel and equipment in the area, and it is requested that motorists use caution in this area.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with its partners on the Milli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices. Evacuation questions should be directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency number at 541-693-6911. Current evacuation levels: Level 2– Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences returned to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice on 8/23/17, allowing residents to return to their homes. Level 1 – The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and
west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR 242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information see

Forest Closures: For further information go to:

Smoke monitoring information is available at:

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