Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 23nd Morning Update 8:30 am Please Note: Fire Information number changed to 541-719-8135.
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 12,457 acres
Percent Contained: 23‰
Resources Assigned: 687 personnel
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. 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.
With changes in evacuation status the American Red Cross shelter at the Sisters Middle School will provide lunch and dinner to clients today and then is scheduled to close this evening. The Red Cross will operate an Emergency Aid Station on Thursday at the Middle School location where the public is welcome to drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, snacks, to escape fire smoke, and to access current fire information.
Fire Operations and Activity
Burnout activity was initiated overnight on the north side of the fire from the containment line along Forest Road 1018 and up to OR242. This work is being conducted as an offensive strategy to reduce the fuel load and build a line of defense between the fire and structures to the east should the fire make a run from the northwest. Burnout activity will continue today as conditions allow in the areas near 1018, as well as north of OR242. Mechanical vegetative removal work will continue in order to further prep these areas for future burnouts.
The northwest, west and southwest sides of the fire remain active. The fire grew near Black Crater Lake, but was moving slowly. On the southwest side, the fire came across Forest Road 1026 burning into old Pole Creek Fire burned area. The western side is in the wilderness and is expected to slowly move towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop. Control lines on the northeastern and southeastern sides of the fire were further reinforced with wider lines and cooling off hot spots around the fire perimeter.
Structural task forces managed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team were out yesterday at the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities to evaluate homes and assist homeowners with making their property better prepared. Those crews have been and will continue to patrol the area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.
Weather Forecast for Weather, August 23nd Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible today through early Thursday as a trough of low pressure lifts toward the Pacific Northwest. Most of the activity is expected to be southeast of the fire. Highs Wednesday and Thursday will trend lower with increasing relative humidity. Winds will be brisk and generally from the west. Late week and next weekend, temperatures warm significantly as a ridge of high pressure builds north across the Western
Sisters School District first day of school delayed due to poor air quality. School administrators found it necessary to move the start of school back a day in response to the lost staff workday. The first day for 1st through 9th grade will be Tuesday, August 29th, while 10th through 12th graders will start on August 30th. More information at: Sisters School District
Deshcutes National Forest Closure
Air Quality Smoke forecast
Several fires burning on the Willamette National Forest continutes to impact neighboring communities. Potential for fire activity this afternoon, could result in very smokey conditions, particularly in the communities of Detroit, Breitenbush, Oakridge, and Sisters. Winds will shift more westerly this afternoon, potentially providing some relief in Detroit and Breitenbush, but moving more smoke into the Sisters area. Smoke from other SW Oregon fires could drift into the area over the next 24 hours, adding to smoke generated locally.
The Whitewater fire continues to produce smoke and haze impacting local areas, including Breitenbush and Detroit and very unhealthy conditions could be reached. Smoke from the Rebel and Jones Fires continues to impact the community of Oakridge. The Milli Fire will continue to impact the communities of Sisters and Bend, with Sisters again seeing hazardous and unhealthy conditions.