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SISTERS, OR -- Firefighters with the Forest Service hope to continue prescribed burns in South County and near Sisters, Tuesday, if conditions allow. They’re still working near the Milli Fire scar, about 3.5 miles southwest of Sisters. Tuesday's burn involves 174 acres, directly across Forest Road 15 from operations completed in the past few days. 


Crews also plan to ignite a 150-acre burn east of Sunriver, along Forest Road 9720. Visit the Forest Service's website to track scheduled prescribed burns. All operations are weather dependent. 
Prescribed burns often send smoke into populated areas when temperatures cool overnight. Nearby residents are urged to keep windows closed. As of early Tuesday morning, the air quality near Sisters was considered by the DEQ to be "unhealthy." Click HERE to access an interactive map of the state's air quality index. 
Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest have postponed the prescribed burn scheduled for Thursday, 19 miles east of Prineville. Officials say that given last weekend's storm and the rainfall expected Tuesday evening, the unit "is likely too wet to burn with desirable effects." They expect to conduct that operation next Monday or Tuesday. 


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