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NOTE:  The pre-evacuation notices DO NOT include Black Butte Ranch.

Central Oregon Fire Management Morning Update - August 17


Redmond, OR – As visitation into the central Oregon area is increasing daily, we are asking visitors and residents to use extra caution, follow fire bans, and be prepared during this time leading up to the eclipse. August is always fire season in central Oregon, but with such a large influx of visitors, the potential for human-caused wildfires is increased. Additionally, there are several closures of public lands due to fires in the area as well as the increased visitation of the eclipse, so please “Know Before You Go”, be patient, and stay safe.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, partially burning in the 2006 Black Crater Fire scar. The fire is currently six miles west of Sisters, with the southeastern edge of the fire being the most active. The fire is currently estimated at 3,500 acres and 0% contained. There are 206 personnel assigned to the fire including three 5-person crews, six IA crews, seven helicopters, four dozers, four masticators, and a variety of overhead and support resources. 

Level One and Level Two evacuation notifications are in place for the following areas:
Level One (Ready) – Pre-evacuation notice for all areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, which include the Tollgate Subdivision. This does NOT include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.

Level Two (Set) – Be “set” to evacuate. All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of Pole Creek Ditch (1-1.5 miles west of and parallel to FS Road 15/Three Creeks Rd.). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. 

Structure protection assessments are ongoing in the areas under these evacuation notices. 

There is a public meeting in Sisters tonight at 6:00 P.M. to inform residents and visitors on the current status of the Milli Fire and strategies for managing the fire. Fire managers and emergency personnel will also be available to provide information on the evacuation notifications and answer any questions. The public meeting will be held at the Sisters High School (NEW LOCATION) at 1700 McKinney Butte Rd, Sisters, OR 97759

The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests have implemented a closure order for a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Willamette National Forest has closed all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/. 

Milli Fire Archive

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Milli Fire, Evening Update, 8/13/17
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Milli Fire, Morning Update, 8/14/17
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Milli Fire Updates, 8/15/17
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Milli Fire, 8/16/17

Additional Information

During an emergency, we make every effort to communicate through these methods:

Please do not call the BBR Police or Fire department unless you have a personal emergency.  They will be busy handling the situation.


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