August 30, 2017

Information on area fires and how to protect yourself from smoke

From Central Oregon Fire Info:
Milli Fire
August 30, 2017 Daily Update
Yesterday afternoon, the fire became very active on the private land within the fire perimeter.  Crews worked through the night to monitor the area, backburning as needed to keep fire intensity down. With forecasted westerly winds today, crews will continue to focus work in this area, watching for spot fires and mopping up.

Taking advantage of a short period of clear skies yesterday, a reconnaissance helicopter flew the fire to look for possible spot fires outside the fireline. No spot fires were found. The south side of OR 242 was actively burning down slope and is expected to burn to OR 242 today. The southwest corner of the fire did have an active burn area putting up a smoke column.

The Southwest Area T1 Incident Management Team today is preparing to transition management of the Milli Fire to the Central Oregon Type 2 IMT8.The Oregon T2 IMT will be briefed this evening and assume command Thursday afternoon, August 31.

The Milli Fire Helibase moved locations yesterday, it is now located just outside of Sisters. The new location positions the aircraft closer to the fire and fire camp, will improve radio and phone communications, and places the aircraft inside the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area that is in place for the fire.

Very Unhealthy and Hazardous air quality was reported throughout the night. Expect similar air quality conditions today. High temperatures, low relative humidity with many fires in the area are contributing to the smoke in Central Oregon.

Good progress is being made on rehabilitation to the contained areas on the southeast side of the fire. Crews, dozers, excavators and wood chippers continue to work in the area beginning to return control lines to a more natural state.

Level 1 and 2 evacuation levels are still in place for some communities around the Milli Fire. Questions on evacuation levels need to be directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office at 541-693-6911.  Current evacuation levels: Level 2– Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences returned to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice on 8/23/17, allowing residents to return to their homes.  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 - US 20 is open east and westbound. However, single lane traffic with a pilot car will create significant delays. OR 242 is closed east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information see
Forest Closures- For further information go to:
Smoke monitoring-  Information is available

COIDC Morning Update, August 30
Redmond, OR – The McKay Fire, located east of Hwy 97 and north of County Road 21 near McKay Butte, is currently estimated at 1,364 acres. Last night, crews and operators were able to get a line around the entire fire and will work to hold and improve those lines today. Also, crews will be monitoring and patrolling for any spots across the line. Firefighters are requesting that the public stay out of the fire area between Forest Service roads 9735 and 9720.  There are currently 12 engines, 2 dozers, 2 IA Crews, and 2 water tenders working on this fire for a total of 110 personnel. Although aviation resources are available, the ability for these resources to be utilized may be limited due to visibility.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level One (pre-evacuation) notification for the Elk Lake Area due to the Nash Fire, burning in the Willamette National Forest. The following areas in the Level One are as follows: Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake Campground (CG), Point CG, Little Fawn CG, Mallard Marsh CG, Sunset View Day Use Area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp. Currently, the Cascade Lakes Hwy, FS 46, remains open.

Level One (pre-evacuation) means “Be Ready” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. For information on these evacuation notifications, you can call the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.

Two fires yesterday south of Lava Butte triggered the evacuation of the Lava River Cave and Lava Lands Visitor Center in the Deschutes National Forest.  All containment lines held overnight and crews will continue to mop up these fires today. Those visitor facilities have reopened to the public today.

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For road conditions and closures due to wildfires, visit

For more information, follow us at or on Twitter at @CentralORFire. For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call541-316-7711.

From the Bend Fire Department:

Smoke from wildland fires across Oregon has created unhealthy air quality in Bend over the last few days, and we expect that these conditions may persist at least into next week, according to the Pendleton office of the National Weather Service. This level of air pollution is harmful to all, but here are a few ways to minimize the effects, from the Deschutes County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority:

- Avoid areas of highest concentrations of smoke, if possible
- Keep indoor air as clean as possible by closing windows and doors to minimize smoke in your home
- If possible, use a high efficiency (HEPA) air filter
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions
- Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors
- People with asthma or other respiratory problems should carefully follow their breathing management
plans and stay in contact with their healthcare providers
- Call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing health symptoms due to smoke
- Paper or dust masks do not offer reliable respiratory protection from smoke: an N95 mask
(properly fitted, available at building supply and hardware stores) offers some protection from the
particulates in smoke, but may increase breathing effort.
- Drink plenty of water
- Consider leaving a very smoky area if you have health conditions that put you at higher risk for illness
from wildfire smoke
Your best information resource may be your own healthcare provider.
Again, if you experience serious health symptoms, call 9-1-1.

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