Friday, September 8, 2017

Sisters Ranger District Decreases Milli Fire Area Closure

The area surrounding Black Butte Ranch is now open along with Cold Springs Campground

BEND – Moderate growth and decreased fire behavior has prompted Sisters Ranger District officials to reduce the size of the area closure in place for the Milli Fire, which will allow access to Deschutes National Forest managed lands between Highway 242 and Highway 20 southeast of Black Butte Ranch. Cold Springs Campground will also be open on a first come-first served basis for the remainder of the season.

The western, southern and eastern boundaries of the current area closure remain in place but the northern boundary now begins at the Hortense Lake Trailhead and travels south along the forest boundary of the Mt. Washington Wilderness and east to Forest Road 1028.  Fourmile Butte, the Mt. Washington Wilderness, and Forest Road 1028 southeast of the Forest Road 2061, all remain closed.
Highway 242 is closed west of Forest Road 430 to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. Forest officials are working with Oregon Department of Transportation to address hazard trees along the road and will continue repairing and rehabilitating culverts, fire lines and burned areas along the highway.

The following trails, trailheads and campground closures on the Sisters Ranger District
remain in place:

Park Meadow Trail #4075
Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the Graham Corral Horse Camp to the trail junction with Park Meadow Trail #4075
Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Park Meadow Trail #4075 to Lava Camp Lake at Hwy 242
Black Crater Trail #4058
Millican Crater Trail #4066
Scott Pass Trail #4068
North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062
Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067
Chush Falls Trail #4080
Pole Creek Trail #4072
Whychus Overlook Trail
Whychus Creek Trail
Millian Crater Trailhead
Scott Pass Trailhead
Whispering Pines Campground
Sisters Cow Camp
Lava Camp Lake Campground

The public is encouraged to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO by contacting the Sisters Ranger District office at 541-549-7700 if you plan to visit the area.

The Milli Fire is currently being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team under the command of Jake Akerberg. For more information on this fire, please visit: or call 541-316-7711.


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