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Milli Fire

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Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Bend, OR 97701

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Milli Fire - August 23rd - Evening Update

Milli Fire Wildfire
News – 8/23/2017

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‰
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 687 personnel

Public Meeting

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.

Evacuations:

Current Map and Evacuation Information

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.

  • Level 2 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road. Level 1 – The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Burning Operations

2017_08_21-17.47.40.041-CDT.jpegLine 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.

Treating Fuels

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.

Fire Ban

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

Road Closures:

  • OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Deshcutes National Forest Closure There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. Air Quality

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