SISTERS, OR -- Increased fire activity on the Milli Fire led to more pre-evacuation notices outside of Sisters, Monday. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 1 notices for all areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20 and west of Cold Springs Cutoff, including Black Butte Ranch. Level 3 evacuations remain in place for Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda and Wildwing subdivisions.
The Milli Fire is estimated at 11,236 acres, as of Tuesday morning. It's 23% contained. Fire managers are doing advance planning at looking at the potential for fire growth from the active western flank of the blaze. There is concern that winds could push it north out of the wilderness then east toward populated areas. Officials are evaluating current evacuation notices and say they are working to return residents to their homes.
A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sisters High School to update residents.