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Milli Fire Expands

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The Milli Fire near Sisters expanded over the Aug. 19-20 weekend to approximately 11,236 acres as of Tuesday morning. The fire, located about 9 miles west of Sisters, prompted evacuations of people in the Crossroads, Edgington/Remuda, Wildwing and Peterson Burn Road areas, as well as people along both sides of Three Creeks Road.

In addition, areas including Black Butte Ranch and the area between Hwy. 242 and Hwy. 20 have gone under a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice.



The fire, which fire officials say was lightning-caused, was about 23 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. Because of the wind patterns, crews fear that the fire could move east out of the wilderness areas and into more populated parts of the region.

Thus far, officials say no structures have been destroyed in the fire. Several portions of the Deschutes National Forest and the Three Sisters Wilderness have been closed due to the fire and/or this week's eclipse.

For the most up-to-date information on closures that could affect hikers, cyclists and other recreation area users, visit fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices#alerts


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