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Milli Fire forces evacuations near Sisters; Lane County firefighters on scene to help

The Milli fire burns just southwest of the town of Sisters. The Three Sisters Mountains can be seen just below the smoke on the left. Taken at 11:30 am 18 August, 2017. Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

UPDATE: The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office modified the evacuation notices on Friday, urging residents near the fire to leave immediately.

A Level 3 (GO!) evacuation notice was issued for the Crossroads Subdivision and residents in the Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Wildwing Road and Peterson Burn Road area.

A Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation notice is in place for residents on both sides of Three Creeks Rd (USFS Road 16) from the City of Sisters south to the USFS 1514 Road.

Earlier story and more information

SISTERS, Ore. - The Milli Fire burning near Sisters has put 1,500 people on notice to prepare to evacuate, according to fire managers.

The fire near Black Crater has burned over 4,500 acres.

The blaze is burning out of control, with zero percetnt containment.

Evacuation notices are ranked on a scale of Level 1 (Get Ready), Level 2 (Get Set) and Level 3 (GO!).

A Level 2 (Get Set) notices is in effect for the 440 homes in the Crossroads and Edgington subdivisions, fire managers said.

A Level 1 (Get Ready) notice is in effect for the 218 homes in the Tollgate subdivison.

A Red Cross shelter is available at Sisters Middle School.

More information about the evacuation notices is available at (541) 550-4888

FIREFIGHTERS WORKING TO PROTECT HOMES

Firefighters from Lane County mobilized on Thursday to travel to the area and help protect the homes.

The fire has also forced the closure of historic McKenzie Pass Highway 242 and public lands in the area, including the Obsidian Trail.

Firefighters worked Friday to contain the fire closest to homes in harm's way.

"Numerous spot fires are developing and crews are actively identifying them and containing them where possible," fire managers said in a briefing. "Depending on the terrain, crews are working off existing roadways to develop containment line, or are using heavy equipment like dozers to cut line through previously fire scarred areas."

SMOKE IN THE AIR

Smoke is visible from Central Oregon communities and could impact air quality.

Air quality monitors showed Sisters had hit the "Unhealthy" level Friday afternoon for particulate matter. Redmond, Prineville and Bend had all pushed into Moderate area for pollution.

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