SISTERS, OR -- A year after the Milli Fire scorched thousands of acres and cut off access to popular recreation areas, the Sisters Ranger District and Deschutes National Forest have reopened the Black Crater Trail. It suffered intense fire damage, as the blaze moved up steep slopes, near Highway 242.
Forest Service crews worked with the nonprofits Sisters Trail Alliance and Sawyers With Attitude To Spare - known as "SWATs" - to remove dead and downed trees and complete drainage work. And the Oregon Department of Transportation used heavy equipment to clean out sediment that filled the trailhead from a debris-flow.
Officials say there are still standing dead trees along the trail that won't be removed.