Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm Size: Approximately 21,100 acres Percent Contained: 32% Cause: Lightning Resources Assigned: 528 personnel
Milli Fire August 29, 2017 Morning Update
Crews worked overnight gain better access to a remote 2-3 acre spot fire. Today, firefighters will use that access to mop-up the spot and patrol the area for any other spots.
Westerly winds yesterday drove the fire into remaining fuels near Black Crater and the established containment lines. This was expected fire behavior and subsequently helps provide for a lower intensity burn. This was the “glow” seen in the communities of Black Butte Ranch and Crossroads. Unburned fuel remains in the Wilderness area and close to OR 242 near the lava fields and will continue to produce smoke as it is consumed.
In the last segment of uncontained fire in the southeastern edge, a large hazardous tree finally fell. This tree’s falling gives crews safer access to build containment line on the last connecting segment on the eastern edge. Engine crews are continuing to pick up hose lays and are patrolling the southern and eastern edges of the fire.
Night operations concluded last night. Firefighters who previously worked the overnight shift will now be rolled into day operations.
Expect air quality tomorrow to decrease to unhealthy conditions in the AM hours in the areas surrounding the Milli Fire. Residents should avoid outdoor activity as much as possible. Afternoon winds out of the west may move smoke out of the area and will likely change air quality to moderate levels. The communities of Sisters, Bend, and Redmond should expect to see ash falling as the Milli Fire continues to burn near Black Crater.
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. Evacuation questions should be directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office non-emergency number 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 – The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between OR 242 and HWY 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.
Road Closures: OR 242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of FR 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com