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Evacuation order eased, allowing Oregonians displaced by Milli Fire to return home

Fire activity on the Milli Fire put up a plume of smoke visible from across the region. (InciWeb)

SISTERS, Ore. - Residents ordered to evacuate their homes due to the Milli Fire may return home, the Oregon State Fire Marshal said Wednesday.

"Crossroads subdivision, Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Peterson Burn Road, Wild Wing and Three Creeks Road residences returning to Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation Notice, allowing residents to return to their homes," the Fire Marshal said in a statement.

Those communities had been subject to a Level 3 (GO!) evacuation order since Friday.

Firefighters have worked to build containment lines to keep the fire away from those communities.

Evacuation notices work on a scale of Level 1 (Get Ready) to Level 2 (Get Set) to Level 3 (GO!).

The Tollgate subdivisions and all areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20 and west of Coold Springs Cutoff (FS1018) remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.

That area includes the Black Butte Ranch.

Historic McKenzie Pass Highway OR 242 remains closed.

"With changes in evacuation status the American Red Cross shelter at the Sisters Middle School will provide lunch and dinner to clients today and then is scheduled to close this evening," the Fire Marshal's office said in a statement. "The Red Cross will operate an Emergency Aid Station on Thursday at the Middle School location where the public is welcome to drop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, snacks, to escape fire smoke, and to access current fire information."

Structure firefighters mobilized by the state evaluated homes at Black Butte and Tollgate on Tuesday, making plans to protect the homes from the fire.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday, August 24, at 6 p.m. at the Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd.

The fire has burned nearly 12, 500 acres as of August 23. The perimeter is 23 percent contained.

Nearly 700 firefighters are assigned to the fire.

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