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Milli Fire

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

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Milli Fire Update - August 24 - Evening

Milli Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2017

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‰
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 673 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135

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.

Fire Activity

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.

Burning Operations

2017_08_24- 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.


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.

  • Level 2– Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences retuning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Air Quality

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.

Road Closures:

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

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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