Bulletin staff report

Firefighters continued burnout efforts on the Milli Fire west of Sisters on Thursday morning.

The fire, which has burned 12,809 acres as of Thursday morning, has been growing primarily to the west and toward the wilderness, according to an update from fire managers. The fire is expect to spread toward lava fields, where it will stop naturally, according to the update.

Additionally, colder temperatures broke up the air inversion and allowed firefighting aircraft to fly again, according to the fire managers.

Meanwhile, firefighters continued burnout operations along Forest Road 1018 south of McKenzie Pass Highway in an attempt to protect buildings to the east of the fire. Firefighters from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team cleared brush and pine needles from 280 buildings at Black Butte Ranch to protect them from fire. Residents of several neighborhoods near Sisters are still being told to be ready for potential evacuation.

A public meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Road.

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