Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 31st Daily Update 8:00am
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 22,190 acres
Percent Contained: 44%
Resources Assigned: 451 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135
The private land within the perimeter once again became active late yesterday afternoon. Crews patrolled the eastern fireline and found one small spot fire, 20 feet by 20 feet in size. The spot was contained. Firefighters worked through the night to complete a low-intensity burnout on the private land which will strengthen the eastern fire line.
Fuels continue to burn within the fire perimeter which will produce some smoke. Fire behavior consists mostly of creeping and smoldering with a few isolated pockets of unburned trees potentially torching. Firefighters have found minimal hotspots within contained areas of the fire. They will continue to patrol, mop up, and rehab contained areas of the fire.
Clear skies yesterday afternoon allowed a reconnaissance plane to fly over the fire and look for any additional spot fires outside the fireline. No spot fires were found. The west side of the fire continues to burn down slope into the Three Sisters Wilderness and established containment lines. The south side of the fire that is burning into the Pole Creek Fire scar did not significantly grow. All containment lines held even with strong winds yesterday.
Weather is expected to become warmer and drier, with temperatures in the 90’s over the holiday weekend. Air quality is expected to vary in the next few days as several fires continue to burn in the area.
HWY 20 – Smoke impacts on the highway from crest of the Cascades to east side of the town of Sisters.
Rehabbing fire line
Good progress is being made on rehabilitation in and around the contained areas on the fire. Crews, dozers, excavators and wood chippers continue to work to return the fire area, control lines and dozer lines to a more natural state.
Transfer of Command
Central Oregon’s Northwest Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) 8 is working with the Southwest Area Type 1 IMT today in preparation to transition management of the Milli Fire late this afternoon.
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 began last 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.