Thursday, August 24, 2017

Milli Fire Morning Update, August 24

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Fire Information Line: 541-719-8135
Twitter: @CentralORFire
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Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 12,809 acres
Percent Contained: 32%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 673 personnel

Milli Fire
August 24, 2017 Morning Update
Burnout activity continued through the night working down Forest Road 1018 south of OR 242. 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. Burnout activity will continue today as conditions allow.

Current fire behavior has been moderate with isolated torching within the fire perimeter. Fire growth has been on the western side and in the wilderness, it is expected to move slowly towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop. Crews have been taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to strengthen control lines and mop up has been taking place. A cold front moving in today is expected to help break the inversion and clear the air of heavy smoke. This clearing should allow our aircraft, which was grounded yesterday due to lack of visibility, to re-engage today.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team spent the last two days preparing 280 structures at the Black Butte Ranch. Firefighters cleared brush, limbs and pine needles away from structures to create a defensible space. Today crews will do more prep work and patrol neighborhoods.

The Milli Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) is moving from the Deschutes County Fairgrounds to the Sisters Rodeo Grounds today. All resources will now be centrally located at the new ICP in Sisters. The fire will continue to be managed under unified command with Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team.

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

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:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see

Forest Closures: There has been a modification to the existing closure in place on the Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, due to fire activity. For further information go to:

Smoke monitoring information is available at:

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