Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Fire Information Line: 541-719-8135
YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/SRRAr3
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: 22,718 acres
Percent Contained: 44%
Resources Assigned: 385 personnel
September 2, 2017 Daily Update
A Red Flag Warning (which means critical weather conditions will occur) has been issued for Central Oregon. Fire weather will be hot, dry, and unstable.
A stand of timber burned inside the Milli Fire perimeter yesterday around mid-day which caused a brief increase in smoke and dark skies in Sisters. The majority of smoke in the Sisters area is coming from several other fires burning in the region. Air quality has improved over the past two days. Sisters is open for business and ready to host visitors over the holiday weekend.
Air operations used bucket drops to continue to strengthen containment lines to the east of the fire. Two helicopters are available to fly in clear skies and ensure containment lines will hold as well as complete reconnaissance flights. The north, southeast and south perimeters of the fire continue to be in patrol and mop up status. The west side of the fire continues to move downslope toward the lava.
The increase in temperatures and decrease in relative humidity over the next few days could result in more active fire behavior within the fire perimeter. Fire managers are confident that containment lines will hold. The increase in fire behavior will also affect other fires in the area which could produce visible columns or additional smoke in the area.
Several engines worked to protect the Lava Camp Lake area and will continue to do so as the fire burns to the west. Fallers began removing hazard trees on OR 242 however the road will remain closed as additional work will be required to remove hazards. It will be closed until Oregon Department of Transportation has assessed the condition of the road and can ensure it is safe for travel.
Good progress is being made on rehabilitation and repairs in and around the contained areas of the fire. Crews, dozers, excavators and wood chippers are working to return control lines and dozer lines to a more natural state.
There have been no reportable injuries or fatalities on the Milli Fire to date. Firefighter and public safety are top priorities for fire managers and agency leaders. Many crews have been working long hours on the fire. As fatigue sets in along with high temperatures, firefighter safety will continue to be emphasized.
Firefighting resources are scarce because of the number of large fires burning in the region and nationally. Resources are allocated based on values at risk such as life and property. Resources are shared amongst nearby fires and additional critical resources have been ordered.
Evacuations remain in effect. Call Deschutes County Sheriff’s office at 541-693-6911 with evacuation questions. Current evacuation levels: Level 2–Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences. Level 1 – Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and US 20, west of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Road 1018) which includes Black Butte Ranch.
Road Closures - OR 242 is closed east of the Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For more information visitwww.tripcheck.comForest Closures- For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-noticesSmoke Monitoring- Information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com or at https://www.airnow.gov