Monday, August 21, 2017

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 Information Officer

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