Sunday, August 27, 2017

Milli Fire Morning Update - August 27

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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 15,509 acres
Percent Contained: 32%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 672 personnel

Milli Fire
August 27, 2017 Morning Update

Night shift resources continued burnouts to increase the probability of success for planned aerial ignitions. In the coming days if conditions remain favorable, 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.

Work continues with clearing fuels along strategic roadways as well as mop up along the fire's edge. Resources working along FR 15 expect to complete work in that area today securing the fire perimeter. Mop up, patrol and fireline rehab continues along the northeast side of the fire while other firefighters are monitoring the far eastern edge as the fire slowly moves through very steep country near FR 16. Helicopters using water drops may be used to extinguish hot spots if fire activity increases there. Crews will continue to burn west of FR 1018 to widen the existing containment line.

Warmer and drier weather for another day. It will be sunny and warm today with areas of dense smoke.

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.

The fire closure area for the Milli Fire was slightly reduced. Significant changes to the closure included the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, east of FR 16. All areas to the west of FR 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 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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