Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Milli Fire - August 28th Evening Update 5:00pm
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 18,067 acres
Percent Contained: 32%
Resources Assigned: 651 personnel
Fire Information number: 541-719-8135
There will be a public meeting this evening at 6 PM. at Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures and evacuations will be provided.
The internal area on the Milli Fire continued to burn actively today, primarily in the burnout areas on the north side of the fire. This active burning produced smoke and ash fall throughout the Sisters communities. Residences in Black Butte Ranch and surrounding areas can expect ash fallout and heavy smoke conditions through the evening and into tomorrow.
Aerial ignitions did not occur today since the helicopter conducting this operation could not fly safely at low altitude in the heavy smoke. A specialized aircraft flying at higher altitude was able to fly above the smoke layer to monitor the fires activity. Infra-red technology within the aircraft was able to monitor the perimeter of the fire and find the areas producing heat.
One three-acre spot fire was found on the northwest corner of the fire on the north side of the lava bed today. Crews were able to stop progress on the spot and are currently monitoring the area to insure there are no other spot fires. The west side of the fire continued to be active through the day. The hotter and drier weather continues to allow the fire to burn more actively than it has for the last few days.
There have been significant changes in air quality during the day. Concentration levels increased to Very Unhealthy. Expect Very Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality this evening through tomorrow morning.
HWY 20 – Smoke impacts on the highway from crest of the Cascades to east side of the town of Sisters.
The east side of the fire is no longer showing major heat on the infra-red maps, and the area is in the beginning stages of rehab. Crews continue to remove fuels and use chippers to disperse the fuels that were cut and moved to create fire line to stop the fires spread. Dozer lines will have dirt and fuels moved back on to them to restore them to a more natural state. Rehab of the fire will continue in areas the fire is considered contained.
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 remains unchanged. All areas to the west of FR 16 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.