Oregon’s #MilliFire Still Burns | August 27 2017

NEAR SISTERS, OREGON

Cedar City Hotshots Prepare for Burn Operations

Cedar City Hotshots prepping for burnout operations.

Summary

A wildfire broke out on the Deschutes National Forest, about 9 miles West of Sisters, Oregon on August 11, 2017 (1442 hours).

Current Status

8/27/2017:  Homes are still threatening homes but fire crews have been able to hold the containment lines at 32%.  There has been 15,509 acres burned.  Night shift crews continued with burnout operations for planned aerial ignition on the NW flank of the fire.  Additional fire activities included clearing fire fuels along roadways and mop up along the fire’s edge.

Soft ptructure protection

Lane County Task Force #7 doing a soft structure protection task.

8/26/2017:  It is still burning and threatening homes.  There have been 13,485 acres burned.

Fire Behavior

8/27/2017:  Active fire behavior with isolated torching and crowning.

8/26/2017:  The fire is burning in timber and is said to have a moderate fire behavior with some isolated torching.  Fire managers are reporting the fire is actively backing down the Black Crater to the West and North slopes.  Predictions are being made in the Lava Camp Lake will not suffer any extensive damage due to a low amount of fire fuels in the area.

Resources

8/27/2017:  672 personnel. 17 crews, 32 engines and 3 helicopters.

8/26/2017:  There are about 683 personnel assigned along with 17 crews, 4 helicopters and 33 engines.  Command is the SWA IMT Team 2.

firefighter feeding chickens

It’s not all just about firefighting, it is about helping homeowners with those they left behind they were evacuated.

Incident Cooperators

Incident Cooperators for this fire are the Deschutes Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes National Forest.

Specialist discuss Milli Fire at public meeting.

Keeping an open lines of community helps put homeowners minds to ease knowing what is happening with Fire operations.

Weather Conditions

8/27/2017:  Warmer and drier conditions.  Forecasters say it will be sunny and warm today with areas of dense smoke.

8/26/2017:  It has been more warm and drier which will continue throughout the weekend.  The fire is active on the West side and burning into the wilderness. Depending on future conditions, the fire behavior can become active producing more increased flames and heavy smoke.

Alerts!

8/27/2017  Archery Hunting Season begins on Saturday.  If your region is within the fire area – you may not be able to participate in these hunting areas until the closure is lifted.

8/26/2017:  The fire closure area will slightly be reduced.  Changes to t he closure include the opening of Forest Road 16, the campgrounds at Three Creeks Lake, Tam MacArthur Rim and the Petersen Ridge trail system, East of Forest of Road 16. Due to wildland firefighting, all roads West of Forest Road will still remain closed.

crew during burn operations

Burnout operations.

8/26/2017:  The Deschutes County Sheriff Office is constantly evaluating the need to make changes to evacuation notices.  All evacuation questions should be directed to the DCSO by calling their non-emergency evacuation orders line at 541-693-6911.

Level 2 (Get Set) evacuations are currently in effect for the Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wildwing and Three Creeks Road residences.  This allowed residents to return to their homes.

heavy equipment

Level 1 evacuations are in effect for the Tollgate subdivision, all areas between OR 242 and Highway 20; West of Cold Springs Cutoff (Forest Service Road 1018).  This also includes Black Butte Ranch.

Cost-To-Date

8/27/2017:  The cost-to-date has risen to $11.1 Million just from overnight fire operations.

8/26/2017:  The cost-to-date is $9.8 Million and growing as each day passes.

Public Meeting

A  public meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 28th at the Sisters High School located at 1700 McKinney Butte Road in Sisters, Oregon.  The meeting begins at 1800 hours (6pm) PDT.  Fire Officials will provide Fire Info, Closure information and status of evacuation orders.  Make sure if you have questions to bring them up in the meeting.  If you have KUDOS, they do like to hear your compliments also.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 @ 0915 Hours PDT