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Milli Fire’s closure area reduced


With the Milli Fire now 100 percent contained, the Sisters Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest will reduce the area closure in place around the fire area, officials said Friday.

While an area closure remains in place due to danger tree removal on roadways, forest officials have changed the southeastern border of the closure area to provide additional access for hunters, firewood cutters and all forest visitors. Access to the Mt. Washington Wilderness is now open as is a main access road, Forest Road (FR) 1514 from FR 16 to FR 300.

Popular trails including the Whychus Overlook, Park Meadow, Demaris Lake, Chush Falls, Camp Lake and Green Lakes trail from Cascade Lakes Highway north to the intersection with Camp Lake Trail are now open.

A portion of the Whychus Creek Trail from the Lower Whychus Trailhead to the Whychus Overlook Trailhead, and the Metolius-Windigo Trail from the Park Meadow Trail to Forest Road 1514, is also open.

While Pole Creek Trail remains closed, work continues to remove hazards that will allow the public to safely access the Pole Creek area in the future.

State Highway 242 is still closed west of Forest Road 430 to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. Forest officials are working with Oregon Department of Transportation to remove hazard trees along the road and will continue repairing and rehabilitating culverts, fire lines and burned areas along the highway.

The following trails, trailheads and campground closures remain in place:

— Metolius Windigo Trail #99 from the junction of Forest Road 1514 to Highway 242
— Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from the jct. of Camp Lake Trail to the jct. of Scott Pass Trail
— Black Crater Trail #4058
— Millican Crater Trail #4066
— Scott Pass Trail #4068
— North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062
— Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067
— Pole Creek Trail #4072
— Millican Crater Trailhead
— Scott Pass Trailhead
— Black Crater Trailhead
— Whispering Pines Campground
— Sisters Cow Camp
— Lava Camp Lake Campground

The public is encouraged to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO by contacting the Sisters Ranger District office at 541-549-7700 if you plan to visit the area.

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