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SISTERS, OR -- The Milli Fire, eight miles west of Sisters, continues to challenge firefighters working in rugged terrain and hazardous conditions left by a previous burn. Level 2 evacuation notices remain for areas south of Highway 242 (McKenzie Pass Highway) and west of Pole Creek Ditch, including the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off Edgington and Remuda roads. Those residents need to be “set” to leave at a moment’s notice. 

 

A level 1 pre-evacuation notice was issued for the area between 242 and Highway 20, including the Tollgate Subdivision. It does not encompass the cities of Sisters and Black Butte Ranch. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at Sisters Middle School, Thursday morning, and the Pet Evacuation Team has space available for livestock and pets at the rodeo grounds. 

 

ODOT has closed the McKenzie Pass Highway due to smoke impacts and fire activity and forestry officials have imposed numerous closures within the Three Sisters Wilderness. 
 
As of Thursday evening, the Milli Fire was estimated at about 4,500 acres and 0% contained. Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to send more resources to the area. 
 
Photo: Firefighter @Muddy_Mitch on Twitter

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