9/2/2017 11:14:00 AM Sisters is open for business, despite smoky conditions
Conditions are smoky in Sisters this morning, after a couple of days of improved air quality. It is hoped that the smoke will lift off this afternoon as temperatures rise.
A stand of timber burned inside the Milli Fire perimeter yesterday around mid-day which caused a brief increase in smoke and dark skies in Sisters. The majority of smoke in the Sisters area is coming from several other fires burning in the region.
Sisters is open for business and ready to host visitors over the holiday weekend. The Sisters Folk Festival, scheduled for September 8-10, is going forward as planned.
A Red Flag Warning - which means critical weather conditions will occur - has been issued for Central Oregon this weekend. Fire weather will be hot, dry, and unstable.
Fire managers report that air operations used bucket drops to continue to strengthen containment lines to the east of the fire yesterday. Two helicopters are available to fly in clear skies and ensure containment lines will hold as well as complete reconnaissance flights. The north, southeast and south perimeters of the fire continue to be in patrol and mop up status. The west side of the fire continues to move downslope toward the lava.
The increase in temperatures and decrease in relative humidity over the next few days could result in more active fire behavior within the fire perimeter. Fire managers are confident that containment lines will hold. The increase in fire behavior will also affect other fires in the area, which could produce visible columns or additional smoke in the area.
Several engines worked to protect the Lava Camp Lake area and will continue to do so as the fire burns to the west. Fallers began removing hazard trees on Highway 242 however the road will remain closed as additional work will be required to remove hazards. It will be closed until Oregon Department of Transportation has assessed the condition of the road and can ensure it is safe for travel.