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.
This summer’s wildfires are also having an impact on some people who are trying to scratch a trip of a lifetime off their bucket lists and you may have noticed an increase in the number of hikers walking along Highway 97 in recent weeks.
Central Oregon Daily’s Tim Wehde noticed it too, and he went with Chris Biggs to talk to some of those hikers.
Wildfires have been top of mind across Oregon this summer. Although the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge was caused by fireworks, the majority are started by lightning and a bigger issue being debated among experts is whether there should be a wholesale change in our fire management policies. That’s the subject of this week’s Supper Club segment.
Thanks to Nicole, Deana and Chris for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.
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.
For an interactive map of local fire incidents and perimeters go to https://is.gd/wXYkWP. More information can be found on the U.S. Forest Service website, HERE.