Thursday, August 24, 2017

Missing Girls FOUND

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Re: Press Release UPDATE – For immediate distribution

Missing girls HAVE BEEN FOUND 

The two sisters one 18 and one 7 reported yesterday to the Crook Sheriff's office as being missing have been located.  They were at the Symbiosis Event in Big Summit Prairie and stayed longer than they first planned.  Once they left the event this morning they regained cell phone service and checked in with their parents and the Crook County Sheriff's office.  

At no time were they in any danger and they are on their way back home to South Lake Tahoe.

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In the event of an actual EMERGENCY:  Please Dial 911

For more information please contact:
Crook County Public Information Officer 
Crook County Health and Human Services / Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Morning Update for Aug 23



Milli Fire
August 23, 2017 Morning Update

Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wild Wing and Three Creeks Road residences returning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes.

With changes in evacuation status the American Red Cross shelter at the Sisters Middle School will provide lunch and dinner to clients today and then is scheduled to close this evening.  The Red Cross will operate an Emergency Aid Station on Thursday at the Middle School location where the public is welcome to drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, snacks, to escape fire smoke, and to access current fire information.

Burnout activity was initiated overnight on the north side of the fire from the containment line along Forest Road 1018 and up to OR242. This work is being conducted as an offensive strategy to reduce the fuel load and build a line of defense between the fire and structures to the east should the fire make a run from the northwest. Burnout activity will continue today as conditions allow in the areas near 1018, as well as north of OR242. Mechanical vegetative removal work will continue in order to further prep these areas for future burnouts.

The northwest, west and southwest sides of the fire remain active. The fire grew near Black Crater Lake, but was moving slowly. On the southwest side, the fire came across Forest Road 1026 burning into old Pole Creek Fire burned area. The western side is in the wilderness and is expected to slowly move towards the lava fields where it will naturally stop.  Control lines on the northeastern and southeastern sides of the fire were further reinforced with wider lines and cooling off hot spots around the fire perimeter.

Structural task forces managed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Green Team were out yesterday at the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities to evaluate homes and assist homeowners with making their property better prepared. Those crews have been and will continue to patrol the area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, August 24, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.
Evacuations:
Level 2 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
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:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

For more information, visit:
Inciweb Information System - Milli Fire
Central Oregon Fire Information
Follow the conversation on Twitter - #MilliFire


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Milli Fire Evening Update for 8/22


Milli Fire
August 22, 2017 Evening Update

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, August 22, 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, Oregon. Information regarding status of the fire, closures, and evacuations will be provided.

Heavy smoke filled the air today as a result of multiple fires in the region. Winds from the southwest carried smoke from fires in southwest Oregon and northern California blanketing much of Oregon.

Smoke caused significant visibility issues today with fire suppression efforts. Aircraft were grounded as a result of the smoky conditions. Heavy smoke layers moderate fire behavior, so minimum spread is expected. Direct suppression occurred on the northeast and southeast side of the fire near Forest Service Road 16 where firefighters widened dozer and hand lines and, where possible, watered down lines to cool them off and prepare for mop-up in the coming days. Crews on the northwest side of the fire near OR 242 continued fuel reduction work and may conduct a burnout this evening if conditions allow to better secure the area.

Air quality outlook through Wednesday, August 23rd is expected to be unhealthy in the Sisters area. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children, should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Periods of smoke and haze could reach hazardous levels particularly in the early morning, in which case everyone should avoid outdoor activity.

Sisters School District first day of school delayed due to poor air quality. School administrators found it necessary to move the start of school back a day in response to the lost staff workday. The first day for 1st through 9th grade will be Tuesday, August 29th, while 10th through 12th graders will start on August 30th. More information at: www.ssd6.org
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.  Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured.

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
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:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Follow the conversation on Twitter - #MilliFire


Amateur Radio Operators Thrive

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Amateur Radio Operators Thrive When All Else Fails

“We don’t do much until something goes really wrong.”
That’s how Donald Shurtleff describes the role of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group of licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time and equipment to plan for and respond to disasters in Oregon. 
In an emergency, public safety responders need to prepare for the failure of communication devices and systems, including loss of internet connections, email and cell service. Amateur radio technology may not have the sophistication of most modern public safety communications devices, but they offer more reliability because they are less dependent on power grids and wireless networks, both of which can fail in a disaster.
“Public safety communication has become very sophisticated but also very complicated,” Shurtleff said. “That’s a good thing, but it’s also risky. When the ‘Big One’ hits, all that technology could stop working. That’s where we come in.”
ARES volunteers undergo emergency training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency so that they can operate seamlessly in the Incident Command System structure that is used by emergency response agencies across the country.
Deschutes County Emergency Manager Sgt. Nathan Garibay said the group provides a valuable service. “Our auxiliary communications volunteers provide countless hours of time to our local community,” Garibay said. “They epitomize the auxiliary communications motto of ‘when all else fails.’”

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning Safety Tips

Compiled from information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

With scattered showers and thunderstorms forecasted for Wednesday in Oregon, here is some lightning safety information.

What to do when you hear thunder?

Get inside as soon as you hear thunder, to protect yourself from potential lightning strikes. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. If you can’t get to a safe building or vehicle:

·       Avoid open areas. Don’t be the tallest object in the area.

·       Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects in an area.

·       Stay away from metal conductors such as wires or fences. Metal does not attract lightning, but lightning can travel long distances through it.

·       If you are with a group of people, spread out. While this actually increases the chance that someone might get struck, it tends to prevent multiple casualties, and increases the chances that someone could help if a person is struck.

·       Lying flat on the ground increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadline ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, keep moving toward safe shelter.

Am I safe in my car?

Most cars are safe from lightning but it’s the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells don’t offer protection from lightening. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on the doors during a thunderstorm.
 
What if someone gets struck?

Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need first aid immediately.

·       Call for help. Call 9-1-1.

·       Give first aid. Begin CPR if you are trained.

·       Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. These units are lifesavers!

·       Don’t be a victim. If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning CAN strike twice.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

Milli Fire - AM 8/22/17




Milli Fire
August 22, 2017 Morning Update

Fire Information Line: 541-719-8135
Email: millifireinfo@gmail.com 
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517 
Blog: http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ 
Twitter: @CentralORFire
Youtube Channel: https://goo.gl/SRRAr3
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 11,236  acres 
Percent Contained: 23%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: 675 personnel

Fire Information number changed to 541-719-8135 effective 8 AM today.

The fire remained active yesterday as it burned in the Three Sisters Wilderness south of OR242.   The western edge of the fire was active on the north side of Black Crater and continued backing downslope on both flanks in the areas of Lava Lake Camp and North Matthieu Lake. Aircraft were used to monitor the fire in the Wilderness as crews continued indirect suppression actions.  Firefighters made good progress in the east and southeast portions of the fire and that area is now in patrol status. Many resources from the east side were moved to support the suppression efforts on the northwest portion of the fire. Level 1 evacuation was issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

The main concern is the active western edge of the fire. Fire managers are doing advance planning and closely looking at the potential for fire growth originating from the active western flank of the fire. It is recognized that this fire, pushed by the prevailing wind pattern, has the potential of moving north out of the Wilderness and then east toward populated areas. Fire crews are actively engaging in operations to contain the fire in this area thereby allowing residents to return to their homes.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, in consultation with its partners on the Millli Fire, are continually evaluating the need for possible changes to evacuation notices.  Every effort is being made to return residents to their homes but this cannot be done until the safety of the public can be assured.

Fire behavior is expected to increase today as temperature rise and relative humidity lowers. Aircraft are available to assist firefighters to slow the fire's growth.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team are patrolling neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area and assessing the Black Butte Ranch and Tollgate communities. Those crews will continue to patrol in the evacuated area and support fire operations. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Evacuations:

Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate, all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff (FS1018), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes
National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com


Monday, August 21, 2017

Pilot in Oregon Plane Crash Named (Photo)

PILOT IN OREGON PLANE CRASH NAMED (PHOTO)


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
Posted on FlashAlert: August 21st, 2017 7:36 PM
Downloadable file: MadrasPlane.jpg
August 21, 2017
7:00 p.m. UPDATE
Pilot in Oregon Plane Crash Named

The pilot of the plane that crashed near the Madras, Oregon airport has been named by Jefferson County Sheriff's officials.

Mark James Rich, born in 1958, from Menlo Park, California was killed when his 2002 fixed wing, single engine aircraft crashed into Willow Creek Canyon on August 19. A picture of the plane is attached.

"The Rich family has asked me to convey their request for privacy at this time," said Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. "I appreciate the sensitivity of the media in particular to make every effort to show respect for the family's needs and allow them to mourn in private."
Contact Info:
Media Contact: zoe.keliher@ntsb.gov, National Transportation Safety Board

Milli PM Update 8/21/17


Milli Fire
August 21, 2017 Evening Update

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire, located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas: All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Winds from the southeast are pushing the fire north between Lava Camp Lake and Black Crater Lake. Crews and masticators continue working along OR242 to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Fire behavior is expected to increase due to forecasted southeast winds, warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity.  Securing the northern flank of the fire is the highest priority. 

A community meeting will be held at the Sisters High School at 6pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. An update on the fire and evacuations will be provided by incident personnel and local officials.

Firefighters continue to make good progress extending and strengthening hand lines and dozer lines along the northeast, east and southeast flanks in an effort to protect private lands and communities.  Aircraft continues to provide support with water drops in various locations on the fire.

Shifting winds will cause smoke to move from the south to the north.  Communities north and northwest of the fire should expect to experience heavy smoke in their area as a result.

Structure protection continues with support from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Evacuations:
Level 3 - Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing subdivisions; Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- Tollgate subdivision and the community of Black Butte Ranch.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15. For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Links:
Forest Closures: There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices
Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711
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Milli Fire Update: Level 1 Pre-Evacuation


Milli Fire Update

Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification issued for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/21/17 3:40 PM
Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification issued for Black Butte Ranch

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire, located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1: 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. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

All areas previously under previous evacuation notices remain.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://arcg.is/D9OPi

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com

Central Oregon Eclipse JIC Daily Update

CENTRAL OREGON ECLIPSE JIC DAILY UPDATE


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
Posted on FlashAlert: August 21st, 2017 1:35 PM
Monday, August 21, 2017, 1:30 p.m. UPDATE (last daily update from the JIC)

Information lines:

- General eclipse questions: 211
- General fire questions: 541-316-7711 or centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
- Milli Fire: 541-316-7711
- Nena Springs Fire: 541-460-7525 or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5489/
Monday highway traffic

Everyone is leaving! Check Tripcheck.com and 511 for updates. We are updating social media every hour.

211 Calls, texts and web visits

211info reports it received more than 2,000 phone calls and text messages and 4,000 web visits from residents and visitors seeking information about the eclipse. 211info will continue assisting with eclipse questions through Wednesday.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality smoke/air quality report:

Most of Central Oregon had clear skies and good air quality Monday morning for the eclipse. Prineville, Redmond, Madras and Bend all had good air quality. The exception was in Sisters, which continues to have periods of hazardous air quality due to smoke from the nearby Milli Fire.

For more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Milli Fire update:

The fire is now 10,496 acres. Most of the growth is into the wilderness. Fire crews are strengthening control lines. No structures have been destroyed. No changes in the evacuation levels. Highway 242 remains closed.



Nena Springs Fire update:

The fire did not grow yesterday. Level 1 evacuations remain in place. The shelter has been closed.


About the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
Agency partners from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have come together as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) to work across jurisdictional lines. This includes ensuring agencies have timely information and that resources are allocated appropriately to mitigate the impacts of the large influx in population.

About the Central Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center (closing Tuesday, August 22)
The JIC is staffed by public information officers from MACC agencies to provide consistent, coordinated information to the media and to Central Oregon visitors and residents. The JIC helps media, travelers and the general public with timely access to information that will allow them to make decisions in support of a safe and enjoyable experience.  

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Nena Springs Fire UPDATE


Photo Taken by Francis Kentura Aug. 19 of Nena Springs Fire near Warm Springs River.
 
#NenaSpringsFire Aug. 21

 Containment Gains on Nena Springs Fire

* Today is the solar eclipse! While we welcome the many visitors coming to the Reservation to view this memorable event, we remind our guests that Reservation land is private property belonging to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Please be respectful of flaggers and road barriers directing traffic flow. Do not travel off paved roads, and please do not park or idle on dry grass as the hot undercarriage c...ould cause a wildfire. Have a great experience! ***
Warm Springs OR – After three hard-fought days, the 68,135 acre Nena Springs Fire is now 60% contained. The fire did not grow yesterday, allowing firefighters to start the work of extinguishing hot spots, removing hazard trees and removing equipment used during suppression activities.

Law enforcement officers lowered all evacuation levels to 1 Sunday. Residents in the Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivisions are now able to come and go freely. It also means they should be "ready" to go if conditions change.
The Red Cross Shelter at the Warm Springs Recreation Center is now closed.
The remaining two task force engines and firefighters from Multnomah and Yamhill counties were released Sunday to support other area fires. In total, the 19 engines, four water tenders and 79 firefighters greatly assisted wildland firefighters in protecting structures and containing the Nena Springs Fire. Their support and work to protect the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, homes and other area structures were greatly appreciated by all at Warm Springs.
After assessing the fire’s movement overnight, firefighters chose not to conduct a burning operation yesterday that would have added 4,000 acres to the fire’s size. This decision was made after firefighters observed the fire had not moved overnight. Wind direction was also not favorable to these efforts. Interior heat along some timber stringers is remaining. Firefighters will spend the next couple shifts extinguishing stump holes and other burning logs near the fire’s perimeter to extinguish any threat to containment efforts.
Fire is burning in Segment 1 on the west side of the Lower Deschutes River. It is open and fire activities should not interfere with rafters. If you have questions, please contact the BLM Prineville

District office at 541-416-6700

Evacuation Notices: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa, Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are at a Level 1 Evacuation Notice.
Road Closures: Webster Flat Road is closed to all traffic.
# FIRE MANAGEMENT #

Milli Fire 8/21 Morning Update



Milli Fire
August 21, 2017 Morning Update

The main part of the fire was active overnight and is expected to continue to burn on the west and southwest flanks as it backs into the Wilderness area. The fire grew toward Lava Lake Camp and toward North Matthieu Lake. Crews and masticators will work along OR242 today to clear heavy fuels and strengthen the control line. Firefighters on Sunday were able to make very good progress extending and strengthening handlines and dozer lines along the north, east and southeast flanks in an effort to protect private lands and communities.  Aircraft made multiple water drops on pockets of burning fuel along Whychus Creek near Forest Road 16. Moderate fire behavior is expected today with possible isolated torching.

Smoke from the inversion may keep aircraft grounded this morning.  The weather forecast calls for an inversion which could keep aircraft grounded.  Once airborne, pilots will concentrate on water drops in the Whychus Creek drainage area. During the darkest part of the eclipse, all ground and air operations will stop for 45 minutes for crew and pilots safety.

Structural task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshal Green team, with resources from seven counties, continue to assist ground crews and patrol neighborhoods in the Level 3 evacuation area. Those crews will continue to patrol areas until the fire threat to the structures is lessened. No structures have been destroyed in this fire.

Smoke monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.  This site provides the latest information on smoke monitoring in the area along with information regarding the effects of smoke and possible health concerns related to it.

For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate.

Road Closures:
OR 242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15.  For further information see www.tripcheck.com

Forest Closures:
There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices

Fire Information Line: 541-316-7711
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Email: millifireinfo@gmail.com
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 10,496  acres
Percent Contained: 20%
Twitter: @CentralORFire
Cause: Lightning
Youtube Channel: https://goo.gl/SRRAr3
Resources Assigned:  644 personnel

Deschutes Co. Search & Rescue "Mission Ready"


 
Deschutes County Search And Rescue – “Mission Ready”

Highly skilled and ready at a moment’s notice to be “Mission Ready,” Central Oregon is fortunate to have several teams of expertly trained Search and Rescue (SAR) members. This weekend, in anticipation of the 2017 solar eclipse, their services have proven invaluable in keeping the Central Oregon area safe. As of Friday, the Deschutes County Search and Rescue teams were placed in various high-risk areas in anticipation of possible need. Places requiring faster response times, like Terrebonne for Smith Rock and the South Sister. What makes this all a little more extraordinary; all the participants of SAR are volunteers. With a motto of “So others may live,” these volunteers are giving up their weekend and vacation time during the week of the solar eclipse to ensure the safety of our communities.

Their week was off to a quick start, as the Milli Fire nine miles west of Sisters has reached Level 3 evacuation criteria. Lovingly known as, “knock to talk,” SAR members went door to door to warn the community of the Milli Fire and the need to evacuate. Fortunately, many residents are registered with 911 and receiving the vital information provided by the emergency messaging system. But for those whom may not, SAR is ensuring people are informed and providing further assistance when needed. “We are both proud and humbled by the incredible work of our SAR volunteers,” said Bryan Husband, who is SAR’s Special Services Coordinator for Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department.

DON'T PARK ON HIGHWAY SHOULDER

 
DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF ANY OREGON HIGHWAY.

UPDATE Painted Hills Viewing Area

UPDATE Wheeler County: Intermittent closures anticipated at Painted Hills
viewing area near Mitchell on US26 as traffic conditions change.

NO ENTRY at Painted Hills Viewing Area


ODOT reports that the Wheeler County Sherriff's Office has closed access to the Painted Hills viewing area near Mitchell due to traffic backing up on US26. NO ENTRY at this time to the Painted Hills viewing area.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Evacuation Levels Due to Milli Fire to Remain Through Monday

08/20/17 
Release by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

On 08/20/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office met with fire managers including representatives from the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Area Incident Management Team, and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Green Team.

A decision was made to keep all evacuation levels as currently in place. Tomorrow, the Sheriff's Office will again meet with partner agencies and reevaluate the situation.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the citizens of Sisters, particularly those who have been impacted by evacuations for their patience.

Current evacuation levels include:

Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remunda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (FS 16) south of the Brooks Scanlon Logging Rd (FS 4606)

Level 1 - All areas between Hwy 20 and Hwy 242 west of the City of Sisters to the Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes the subdivision of Tollgate. This area does not include the City of Sisters.

An update will be issued tomorrow, August 21st.

Milli Fire Update 8/20 7 pm



Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 8,014 acres
Percent Contained: 20%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: Approximately 500 personnel

Vegetation: Higher elevation; Mixed conifers. Lower elevations; ponderosa pine, juniper trees, and sagebrush








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Crews made good progress today.  The control line along the northern flank from Forest Road 1018 to Whychus Creek and the southern flank along Forest Road 15 are holding.  Along the southeast flank, crews have been working with air support to secure the line in the Whychus Creek area and construct dozer line west to Black Crater area. An interior pocket of fuel in the Trout Creek Butte area has been burning, putting up a small smoke column. The main part of the fire is backing into the Wilderness moving to the west and south.

The Oregon State Fire Marshall's Green Team structure protection group continues working to assess homes, access, egress and safety zones in the Edgington community.  They conducted some hazardous fuels reduction work to remove needles from roofs of homes.
Smokey monitoring information is available at: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.  This site provides the latest information on smoke monitoring in the area along with information regarding the effects of smoke and possible health concerns related to it.

For additional Milli Fire information call: 541-316-7711

Evacuations:
Level 3 - The subdivisions of Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing, Peterson Burn Road Area, and along both sides of Three Creeks Lake Road (Forest Road 16) about one mile south of Sisters from the junction of the Brooks Scanlon logging road.
Level 1- The subdivision of Tollgate.

Road Closures:
OR242 east of Cascade Crest to the junction of Forest Road 15.  For further information see www.tripcheck.com
Forest Closures:
There is an area closure in place in the Deschutes National Forest, due to fire activity.  For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices


Fire Information Line: 541-316-7711
Twitter: @CentralORFire
Youtube Channel: https://goo.gl/SRRAr3

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