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Final Milli Fire Update, September 15
Fire Information: (541) 383-5517 Containment: 60% Size: 24,079 Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517/ Date: September 15, 2017 Milli Fire This will be the last update of the Milli... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 6 DAYS AGO

Approximate Location

44.257 latitude, -121.743 longitude

Incident Overview

Milli Fire Map September 7

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Fire Information: (541) 383-5517

Containment: 60%

Size: 24,079

Milli Fire

This will be the last update of the Milli Fire


The Milli Fire acreage remains the same with 60% containment. Fire activity remains minimal with the majority of the activity from interior pockets of heat that will continue to produce smoke until a season ending event completely extinguishes this fire. Because of this, we will not produce another fire update until Friday, September 15.

This incident will be managed by a Type 4 Incident Management Team effective September 16, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. The firefighters assigned to the fire will continue to rehabilitate fire line along the northwestern edge of the fire area. Work continues in conjunction with Oregon Department of Transportation and the Sisters Ranger District to identify and remove hazard trees along Highway 242 and continue repairing and rehabilitating culverts, fire lines and burned areas along the highway.

A season ending event will completely contain and control the Milli Fire. While fire behavior remains moderate, the fire will continue to burn until completely extinguished by rain or snow. The west side of the fire will continue to burn down slope with occasional torching in pockets of timber in the Three Sisters Wilderness and will continue to extinguish naturally when it runs out of fuel in the lava fields. Fire will also continue a slow move to the southwest in the Pole Creek burn area where overhead hazards remain a concern for firefighter safety. If necessary, the team managing the fire will assess the need to bring in helicopters to cool the hot spots with bucket drops.

Links

Road Closures - OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Forest Closures- For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Smoke monitoring- Information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 02:45 PM
Location9 miles west of Sisters OR (in Three Sisters Wilderness)
Incident CommanderTanner Eccles

Current Situation

Total Personnel59
Size24,079 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Grass and understory)

Narrative:

Fire is burning on private lands in a plantation, along the McKenzie Highway (OR242) burning actively along the southeastern area of the fire near Yapoah Lake.

Significant Events

Isolated torching

Short-range spotting

Wind-driven runs

Narrative:

Third consecutive night of poor humidity recovery and low RH values through the day combined with easterly wind component. This led to some active fire behavior on the west and southwest flank including some isolated torching and spotting. The smoke layer that had shaded the fire in previous days cleared out with east winds promoting more active fire behavior.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to suppress unburned island on private lands near containment lines. Patrol, mop up and rehab on the north and east sides of the fire. Continue to clear Highway 242 of rocks, debris, and hazardous trees.Patrol and mop up of Whychus Creek. Patrol north and west fire perimeter by air.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

West of the fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness, fire may continue to spread north, west, and south. Patrol, mop up and rehab all containment lines. Fire will continue to be active in the private green interior island inside.

24 hours:

Heavy smoke may continue to impact the communities of Sisters, Plainview, and highways. West of the fire in the wilderness, fire may continue to spread north, west, and south. Patrol, mop up and rehab all containment lines.

48 hours:

Expected fire spread may continue on the west side of the fire and continue spreading both west and south.

72 hours:

West of the fire in the wilderness, it may continue to spread west and south. Patrol, mop up and rehab all containment lines.

Remarks

PNW Team 8 Johnson ICT2 plans to transition to Akerburg ICT3 on 09/06/2017 at 0600

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until Tuesday evening for dry and unstable conditions. Northeast to East ridge-top and transport winds allowed for improved visibility over portions of the area. Max temperatures were in the 80s to lower 90s with minimum humidity or 12-20%. Poor ridge-top recovery.

RED FLAG Warning until 2000 on Tuesday. Partly cloudy and smoky Tuesday with a slight chance of late-day thunderstorms near the Cascade Crest. Northeast to East wind Tuesday morning with gusts up to 25 mph on exposed ridges and decreasing in the afternoon. Poor overnight ridge-top humidity recovery. High temperatures remain in 80s and low 90s. Haines Index 5.

Increasing clouds on Wednesday with chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cooler with highs in the mid-70s to low 80s and minimum humidity of 25 to 40 %. Haines Index of 4.

Unit Information

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Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, OR 97701

Incident Contact

Central Oregon Dispatch
Email: millifireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-316-7711
Hours: Daily 8 am - 8 pm

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