Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 23rd Evening Update 6:00 pm 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 12,457 acres
Percent Contained: 23‰
Resources Assigned: 687 personnel
A Public meeting is planned for Thursday 24, 6p.m. at Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.
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.
Line preparations for future burnouts continued throughout the day on the south side of OR 242. Firefighters continue to monitor the current and forecasted weather, waiting for the right conditions to continue the next phase of the burnout. Today’s relative humidity was too high for desired results and a successful outcome, so fire managers have delayed firing operations until conditions improve. Future burnouts will be conducted on both federal and private lands.
The Deschutes National Forest has prioritized implementing fuels treatments and prescribed burning around subdivisions for many years. Fire managers on the Milli Fire have been able to utilize these treated areas when planning tactical operations to protect homes and subdivisions from the devastating impact of wildfire. The areas that have been previously treated are allowing lower intensity burnouts and making it safer for the firefighters on the line.
The Milli Fire has always been a full suppression fire. When Milli was reported, rappellers were sent in to suppress the fire while Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) firefighters responded to over 100 smoke and fire reports across Central Oregon.
The Deschutes National Forest is under a complete open fire ban on public lands. We encourage forest users to bring a propane stove for cooking. We are also at an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 4, meaning the public cannot cut firewood for personal use until the IFPL drops. All lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District have a Regulated Closure in effect. This restricts all open fires and other activities which are high risk for starting fires.
Weather Forecast for Wednesday, August 23rd
Deshcutes National Forest Closure There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. Air Quality