Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 26th Evening Update 5:00 pm
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 13,485 acres
Percent Contained: 32‰
Resources Assigned: 673 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135
There will be no public meeting this evening. A public meeting is planned for Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m. at Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures and evacuations will be provided.
Day shift crews continue burnout operations to strengthen fire lines. Favorable weather conditions are allowing good progress along Forest Road 1018, south of OR 242, where crews conducted a burnout to close a small opening in the containment line. Firefighters in the field described the burnouts as very successful. Other areas of the fire showed minimal activity. Burnout operations north of the fire in a block of land between FR 1030 and OR 242 are almost completed. Crews in that area are patrolling the exterior of the burned line to ensure there is no escaped fire.
Work continues with clearing fuels along strategic roadways as well as mop-up along the fire's edge. Mop-up continues along the eastern edge of the fire where firefighters are concentrating on the southeast corner. Crews can only safely enter certain areas of this portion of the fire. Where it is unsafe for firefighters, extinguishment is conducted by helicopters using water drops. Mop up is a methodical process in which firefighters work a distance in from the control line, extinguishing all burning material, felling snags and moving or securing logs to prevent them rolling downhill. This activity further strengthens the containment line. Fire suppression efforts are near completion south of the fire’s edge along FR 15.
Warmer and drier weather continues through the weekend. Fire activity continued on the west side of the fire burning in the wilderness. Dependent on weather, this area can periodically become more active and show more smoke. It is predicted that the Lava Camp Lake will not sustain extensive damage due to the sparse fuels in the area.
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 fire closure area for the Milli Fire was slightly reduced. Significant changes to the closure included the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, east of FR 16. All areas to the west of FR 16 will remain closed. There will be a continuing presence of firefighting personnel and equipment in the area, and it is requested that motorists use caution in this area.
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.
Deshcutes National Forest Closure There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity. Air Quality