Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Milli Fire Morning Update, August 23

Milli Fire
August 23, 2017 Morning Update

Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wild Wing and Three Creeks Road residences returning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes.

With changes in evacuation status the American Red Cross shelter at the Sisters Middle School will provide lunch and dinner to clients today and then is scheduled to close this evening. The Red Cross will operate an Emergency Aid Station on Thursday at the Middle School location where the public is welcome to drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, snacks, to escape fire smoke, and to access current fire information.

Burnout activity was initiated overnight on the north side of the fire from the containment line along Forest Road 1018 and up to OR242. This work is being conducted as an offensive strategy to reduce the fuel load and build a line of defense between the fire and structures to the east should the fire make a run from the northwest. Burnout activity will continue today as conditions allow in the areas near 1018, as well as north of OR242. Mechanical vegetative removal work will continue in order to further prep these areas for future burnouts.

The northwest, west and southwest sides of the fire remain active. The fire grew near Black Crater Lake, but was moving slowly. On the southwest side, the fire came across Forest Road 1026 burning into old Pole Creek Fire burned area. The western side is in the wilderness and is expected to slowly move towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop. Control lines on the northeastern and southeastern sides of the fire were further reinforced with wider lines and cooling off hot spots around the fire perimeter.

Structural task forces managed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team were out yesterday at the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities to evaluate homes and assist homeowners with making their property better prepared. Those crews have been and will continue to patrol the area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, August 24, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.

Level 2 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing, 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- 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:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see

Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.
Smoke monitoring information is available at:


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