Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Milli Fire Evening Update - August 29

Sharing for the SWA Incident Management Team 2

Milli​ ​Fire
August 29, 2017 Evening Update

Smoke​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Whitewater​ ​Fire​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Willamette​ ​National​ ​Forest​ ​and​ ​several​ ​other​ ​fires​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Milli​ ​Fire​ ​area. A few new starts were reported this afternoon on the Bend - Fort Rock District of the Deschutes National Forest.

Westerly​ ​winds​ ​yesterday​ ​moved​ ​the​ ​fire​ ​into​ ​established​ ​containment​ ​lines​ ​including​ ​the​ ​burnout​ ​area​ ​as​ ​expected.​ Unburned fuel in the Wilderness and along OR 242 near the lava fields produced some smoke as they were consumed today.
Crews​ ​accessed​ ​the​ ​area​ ​northwest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fire​ ​to​ ​mop-up​ ​the​ ​spot​ ​fire​ ​and​ ​patrol​ for other spots. The 2 acre spot fire is contained.

Good​ ​progress​ ​was​ ​made​ ​on​ ​the​ ​final​ ​segment​ ​of​ ​the​ ​eastern​ ​perimeter.​ ​Crews were able to access the Whychus Canyon after overhead hazards were removed. Engine crews will continue to patrol the southern and eastern edges of the fire.
Night​ ​operations​ ​concluded​ ​last​ ​night.​ ​Firefighters who previously worked the night shift will be transitioned to day operations.

There​ ​have​ ​been​ ​significant​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​air​ ​quality​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​Concentration​ ​levels​ ​increased​ ​to​ ​Very​ ​Healthy.​ ​Expect Very Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality this evening through tomorrow morning.

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​ ​–​ ​Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and US 20, west of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Road 1018) which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Fuels​ ​such​ ​as​ ​snags​ ​and​ ​dead,​ ​downed​ ​wood​ ​within​ ​the​ ​fire​ ​perimeter​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​burn​ ​making this a long duration fire. The fire will continue to burn at a lower intensity over the coming weeks. This could continue to produce smoke in the area. Closures will remain in place for some time to protect public safety and to allow land managers to begin rehabbing the burned areas. This will be the final evening update unless fire activity increases.

Road​ ​Closures​ ​-​ ​ ​US 20 is closed just west of Suttle Lake to Potato Hill. OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR
15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Forest​ ​Closures-​ ​For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Smoke​ ​monitoring-​ ​ ​Information is available at:​ ​oregonsmoke.blogsp

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