Crews Working to Reopen Old McKenzie Highway After Milli Fire

The impact of the Milli Fire that threatened the residents of Sisters over the summer is still being felt in the Deschutes National Forest.

On Thursday, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a chance to tour the damaged areas of the wilderness, where crews are working on reopening the Old McKenzie Highway.

From the Air to the Ground, Firefighters Tackle Central Oregon’s Largest Wildfire

Firefighters spent much of Friday building a line of defense between the northern end of the Milli Fire and land to the north and east of Sisters, as well as dropping retardant from the air.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has the latest on how firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze, and how long it will take to contain.

State Resources Arrive to Fight the 34,000 Acre Fire Burning North of Warm Springs

More than 100 firefighters from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal arrived on Friday to battle the Nena Springs Wildfire. The fire started on private property next to the Warm Springs Reservation on Tuesday and tripled in size by Thursday morning. As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the fire is only 4% contained.

On Friday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, but none of them were primary homes. One unoccupied home was burned on Wednesday when the fire grew over 20,000 acres, and several historic unoccupied outbuildings were destroyed in the first three days. The Schoolie Flats, Simnasho and S-300 subdivisions are all under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and been requested to leave immediately.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by tghe fire at this time, but they are all under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice, meaning they should be ready to leave if necessary.
The Northwest incident Management Team 12 has assumed command of the fire suppression activities and remind area residents that we are still under a Red Flag Warning with the possibility of high wind and additional lightning.

The S-300 road is closed, and Highway 3 is closed, except for local residents.

Warm Springs Blaze Grows by Thousands of Acres

A wildfire that started on Tuesday north of Warm Springs has tripled in size in the past 48 hours, and has now burned more than 21,000 acres. Late this afternoon, another Level Three Evacuation Order was given for 48 homes in the Schooly Flats Subdivision.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has the latest details on the Nena Springs Fire.

New Interagecy Center To Make Fire Fighting More Efficient

Between droughts, above average temperatures and high winds, Central Oregon is always one spark away from a potentially devastating wildfire. That’s why communication between all of the fire agencies has become so important.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at a new dispatch center in Redmond that could mean the difference between life and death during wildfire season.