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Fire Information Line: 541-316-7711  
Twitter: @CentralORFire 
Location of Origin: 9 miles west of Sisters, OR
Start date: August 11, 2017, 2:42 pm
Size: Approximately 24,025 acres
Percent Contained: 60%
Cause: Lightning

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The "fire season-ending weather event" has happened with the recent rain and snowfall. 
With the heavy rainfall and mixed snow, fire crews plan to go from suppression activities to repair and retrieval of equipment on local fires. Fire activity has been minimal. Challenges for firefighters include slippery and impassible roads, difficulty navigating steep, rocky terrain and the possibility of hazard trees coming down due to the increased winds and rain. Suppression repair work, patrolling and monitoring activities continue on the smaller fires, weather permitting. 
Firefighters and heavy equipment work continues in much of the fire areas over the next week. The public is asked to drive cautiously due to increased traffic and potential smoke over the roadways. In addition, firefighters working under rain conditions may not be easily seen by hunters in the area. Hunters need to be conscious of their preferred hunting areas to avoid contact with firefighters in nearby closure areas. 


  • The area surrounding Black Butte Ranch is now OPEN!

  • Deschutes National Forest Closure Details:  Closures map
  • The fire closure for the Milli Fire has reduced as of 7 a.m. on September 18, 2017.

    The Whychus Overlookand parking lot as well as the access trail are reopened.

    The Whychus River Trail and all other sites within the Milli Closure Area remain closed.

    Closed Trails and Sites are:

    • Camp Lake Trail #4074
    • Dearis Lake Trail #4074.1
    • Park Meadow Trail #4075
    • Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the Graham Corral Horse Camp to the trail junction with Park Meadow Trail #4075
    • Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Park Meadow Trail #4075 to Lava Camp Lake at Hwy 242
    • Black Crater Trail #4058
    • Millican Crater Trail #4066
    • Scott Pass Trail #4068
    • North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062
    • Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067
    • Chush Falls Trail #4080
    • Pole Creek Trail #4072
    • Whychus Creek Trail
    • Millian Crater Trailhead
    • Scott Pass Trailhead
    • Whispering Pines Campground
    • Sisters Cow Camp
    • Lava Camp Lake Campground 

    For additional information, the public can contact the Sisters Ranger District at 541-549-7700.

  • HWY 242 is closed west of Forest Road 430 to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. Check TripCheck before you go.



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All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted for the Milli fire. 

All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted for the Milli Fire, including those impacting Black Butte Ranch. Call Deschutes County Sheriff's office at 541-693-6911 with evacuation questions.


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.
LEVEL 2means "GET SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
LEVEL  3: means "GO" evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

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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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