Saturday, August 26, 2017

Milli Fire Morning Update - August 26

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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 13,780 acres
Percent Contained: 32%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 683 personnel

Milli Fire
August 26, 2017 Morning 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.

Beginning this morning at 8 a.m. the fire closure area for the Milli Fire will be slightly reduced. Significant changes to the closure include the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, east of Forest Road 16. All areas west of Forest Road 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 offensive actions along Forest Road 1018 south of OR 242 continued throughout the night. Crews are continuing to reduce the fuel load and prep between the fire and structures to the east of the fire. This activity was supported by 2 air tanker drops of retardant when a small window opened late Friday afternoon. Smoke rolled in causing the prepping of these areas with retardant to be suspended for safety reasons.

Throughout the night last night conditions were favorable for burnout operations. Crews took advantage of the opportunity and initiated burnout along FR 1030, which is just north of OR 242 to the north of the fire area. These tactics were successful in building a control feature there. Day shift crews will strengthen and patrol this line today.

Warmer and drier weather is predicted to increase fire activity this weekend. Fire activity on the west side of the fire burning in the wilderness is expected to increase and smoke columns will once again be seen in the area.

Work continues with clearing fuels along strategic roadways as well as mop-up along the fire's edge. Mop-up continues on the east edge of the fire, firefighters are concentrating on the southeast corner, which is difficult and unsafe terrain for the firefighters to access. Forest Road 15 south of the fire's edge continues to be prepped to be used as a containment line.

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

Forest Closures: For further information go to:

Smoke monitoring information is available at:

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