Milli Fire grows, closing Hwy 242; Hwy 20 through Sisters remains open

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

SISTERS, Ore. - The Milli Fire continues to grow in size, with reports estimating it has spread to 6,888 acres as of Friday night.

Highway 20 remains open.

An earlier version of this story suggested in error that the highway could close overnight.

However, stay current on road closures and conditions before traveling as wildfires have impacted Highways 242 and Highway 138E. | CURRENT TRAFFIC

The burn has spread rapidly throughout Friday, and it is not about two miles away from Sisters.

A Level 3 evacuation is still in order for the Crossroads Subdivision, residents in the Edgington Road, Remuda Road, Wildwing Road and Peterson Burn Road.

More than 1,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes, and McKenzie Pass Highway 242 has been shut down as fire teams attempt to slow the fire.

As of Friday evening officials have kept State Highway 20 open, meaning the route from Salem to Sisters is still accessible.

The fire grew from 4,500 acres on Thursday after the blaze spread across containment lines.

The fire has become the state's highest priority and will be attacked on the ground and from the air.

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