News Stories for Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

The Milli Fire 9 miles west of sisters is estimated at 18,067 acres and is 32% contained.  There are 651 personnel assigned to the fire.  Winds out of the southwest moved smoke over onto Black Butte Ranch and Sisters Sunday afternoon (8/27/17).   With the warmer and drier conditions the fire has been more active.  When conditions are favorable firefighters are prepared to introduce fire into the unburned area within the fire lines.  A public meeting is planned for this evening at 6 at Sisters High School.  Level 2 and Level 1 evacuation notices remain in place.

Hot, dry weather Sunday (8/27/17) on the southern Oregon coast made it difficult for fire crews to stop the spread of the Chetco Bar fire.  Critical fire weather conditions will continue today. Extreme fire behavior is anticipated.   There are 1662 personnel assigned to the Chetco Bar Fire which is at 107,993 Acres.  Level 1, 2 & 3 evacuation notices remain in place on this fire.  Containment is not expected until October.

Crater Lake National Park issued a Level 1 Evacuation Notice yesterday afternoon (8/27/17) for Mazama Village. The Blanket Creek Fire ignited by lightning on July 26 and is being managed collectively with 16 other fires in Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue-Siskyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest, and the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and is part of the High Cascades Complex. The Blanket Creek Fire is currently 8,176 acres.

One of the videos recognized at the MTV Music Video awards last night in the category of “Best Fight Against the System” Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” by Taboo (opf the Bklack Eyed Peas) and featuring Shailene Woodley.

Attending the award ceremony was Warm Springs’ own Blue Flamex aka Scott Kalama.  Kalama was featured on the front page of yesterday’s Oregonian Newspaper in an article about his music pursuits.

In other Native music news – nominees will be announced this Friday for the 17th annual Native American Music Awards.  James Greeley is in the running for Flutist of the Year for his album “Before America.”  To learn more about how you can vote for James – go to The awards show is Saturday October 14th in Niagara Falls New York.