Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 24th Morning Update 8:30 am
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 12,809 acres
Percent Contained: 32‰
Resources Assigned: 673 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135
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.
Current fire behavior has been moderate with isolated torching within the fire perimeter. Fire growth has been on the western side and in the wilderness, it is expected to move slowly towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop. Crews have been taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to strengthen control lines and mop up has been taking place. A cold front moving in today is expected to help break the inversion and clear the air of heavy smoke. This clearing should allow our aircraft, which was grounded yesterday due to lack of visibility, to re-engage today.
Firefighters began burn operations this afternoon, progressing from the fire's edge on the 1018 road to the north. The cold front cleared the skies of smoke today and allowed aircraft to support the firefighters on the ground. A Type 1 helicopter used bucket drops to help the burnout operations and crews who are continuing to taking care of hot spots on the fire's edge. There has been no large fire growth today, however the fire is still moving into the wilderness.
The long term strategy for the Milli fire includes using all fire management tools, including air, heavy equipment and crews to minimize fire growth. Burnout operations to prevent the west side of the fire from moving north and northeast will continue when the weather allows.
Deschutes National Forest Closure Order
There has been a modification to the existing closure in place on the Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, due to fire activity.
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.
Archery Hunting Season
Archery season begins Saturday. If your unit is within the area closure that is currently in place around the Milli Fire, unfortunately you will not be able to hunt in that area until the closure is lifted.
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.
Several fires burning on the Willamette National Forest continute to impact neighboring communities. A more westerly wind will potentially provide some relief in Detroit and Breitenbush, but move more smoke into eastern communities.
The Whitewater fire continues to produce smoke and haze impacting Breitenbush and Detroit. Smoke from the Rebel and Jones Fires continues to impact the communities of Oakridge and Mckenzie Bridge. The Milli Fire will continue to impact Sisters and Bend, causing periods of unhealthy conditions.
Deshcutes National Forest Closure There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. Air Quality