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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 - 8-27 - Evening Update

Milli Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2017

Milli Fire - August 27th 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‰
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 673 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135

Air Quality

The predicted transport winds out of the southwest has moved smoke over onto Black Butte Ranch and Sisters this afternoon. Residences in Black Butte Ranch and surrounding areas can expect ash fallout and heavy smoke conditions through the evening and into tomorrow.

Public Meeting

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.

Fire Activity

With the warmer and drier conditions the fire has been more active. On the southeast side, along the tip of the fire, the fire has been a litte more active and is putting up smoke along the edges. Crews are working to control the area using helicopter bucket drops. Mop up, patrol and fireline rehab continues along the northeast side. On the northwest side of the fire crews were able to continue burning out the section west of FR 1018, securing and deepening this section of line in anticipation of aerial burnout when conditions allow for it. To the west, near the Lava Camp Lake, the fire continues to move slowly towards the lava field.

Burning Operations

When conditions are favorable firefighters are prepared to introduce fire into the unburned area within the fire lines. The burnout operations will strengthen a fire break and reduce the fuel load and potential for extreme fire behavior. Firefighters are planning aerial ignitions around the northwest flank of the fire. Aerial ignition may be used to establish sections of slow moving fire in the unburned area between the active fire on the north slope of Black Crater and the burnout operation crews have established west of FR 1018 south of OR 242. Fire personnel have plans to ignite small, unburned areas from a helicopter, potentially over several days. Igniting small, controlled spot fires within the fire perimeter will help keep fire intensity low while minimizing risk to fire personnel.

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.


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.

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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