Sunday, August 27, 2017

Milli Fire Evening Update - August 27

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Milli Fire
August 27, 2017 Evening Update

The predicted transport winds out of the southwest has moved smoke over onto Black Butte Ranch and Sisters this afternoon. Residences in Black Butte Ranch and surrounding areas can expect ash fallout and heavy smoke conditions through the evening and into tomorrow.

With the warmer and drier conditions the fire has been more active. On the southeast side, along the tip of the fire, the fire has been a little more active and is putting up smoke along the edges. Crews are working to control the area using helicopter bucket drops. Mop up, patrol and fireline rehab continues along the northeast side. On the northwest side of the fire crews were able to continue burning out the section west of FR 1018, securing and deepening this section of line in anticipation of aerial burnout when conditions allow for it. To the west, near the Lava Camp Lake, the fire continues to move slowly towards the lava field.

When conditions are favorable firefighters are prepared to introduce fire into the unburned area within the fire lines. The burnout operations will strengthen a fire break and reduce the fuel load and potential for extreme fire behavior. Firefighters are planning aerial ignitions around the northwest flank of the fire. Aerial ignition may be used to establish sections of slow moving fire in the unburned area between the active fire on the north slope of Black Crater and the burnout operation crews have established west of FR 1018 south of OR 242. Fire personnel have plans to ignite small, unburned areas from a helicopter, potentially over several days. Igniting small, controlled spot fires within the fire perimeter will help keep fire intensity low while minimizing risk to fire personnel.

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.

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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