Deschutes National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bend, OR 97701
Fire Information: (541) 316-7711
September 10, 2017 Daily Update
REDMOND, Ore.— There was no new growth on the Milli Fire yesterday. Total acreage for the fire today remains at 24,025 acres with 60 percent containment.
Resources on scene include 59 personnel from the US Forest Service, the BLM, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Air quality information is calling for improved conditions today over parts of Central Oregon and firefighters on the ground report reduced smoke above the Milli Fire. The fire may intermittently put up columns of smoke as it moves into interior pockets of unburned fuel.
Firefighters today will continue patrolling, mopping up and repairing all repairing all containment lines.Crews also continue monitoring the perimeter as it pushes into the lava flows along Highway 242 ensuring that all hot spots are monitored until cold. The majority of heat from this fire remains in the southwestern edge of the fire perimeter as it moves slowly south in the Pole Creek burn and west into rock.
The area closure in place for the Milli Fire has been reduced. While the western, southern and eastern boundaries of the closure remain the same, the northern border has decreased to open access around Black Butte Ranch and Cold Springs Campground. More information on this closure can be found at the Forest Closures link below.
Acreage on this fire will likely grow moderately in the coming week. The west side of the fire continues to burn down slope with occasional torching in pockets of timber in the Three Sisters Wilderness and will continue to extinguish naturally when it runs out of fuel in the lava fields. Fire will also continue a slow move to the southwest in the Pole Creek burn area where overhead hazards remain a concern for firefighter safety. When necessary, firefighter will utilize indirect firefighting tactics like helicopter bucket drops to cool hot spots.
Total suppression cost to date for this fire is estimated at $15 million.
Road Closures - OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information seewww.tripcheck.com
Forest Closures- For further information go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring- Information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com