Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 22nd Morning Update 8:30 am Please Note: Fire Information number changed to 541-719-8135 effective 8AM today.
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 11,236 acres
Percent Contained: 23‰
Resources Assigned: 675 personnel
The fire remained active yesterday as it burned in the Three Sisters Wilderness south of OR242. The western edge of the fire was active on the north side of Black Crater and continued backing downslope on both flanks in the areas of Lava Lake Camp and North Matthieu Lake. Aircraft were used to monitor the fire in the Wilderness as crews continued indirect suppression actions. Firefighters made good progress in the east and southeast portions of the fire and that area is now in patrol status. Many resources from the east side were moved to support the suppression efforts on the northwest portion of the fire. Level 1 evacuation was issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.
The main concern is the active western edge of the fire. Fire managers are doing advance planning and closely looking at the potential for fire growth originating from the active western flank of the fire. It is recognized that this fire, pushed by the prevailing wind pattern, has the potential of moving north out of the Wilderness and then east toward populated areas. Fire crews are actively engaging in operations to contain the fire in this area thereby allowing residents to return to their homes.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with its partners on the Millli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices. Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured.
Fire behavior is expected to increase today as temperature rise and humidity lowers. Aircraft are available to assist firefighters to slow the fire’s growth.
Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team are patrolling neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area and assessing the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities. Those crews will continue to patrol in the evacuated area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.
Weather Forecast for Tuesday, August 22nd
Deschutes National Forest Closure There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. Air Quality