Green Ridge Fire Aug. 22 Morning Update

Agency Jurisdiction: Oregon Department of Forestry/USFS-Deschutes National Forest
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Green Ridge Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7012/
Fire Information Number: (541) 604 8461; staffed 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.
Date Started: August 16, 2020
Acres: 3,706
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 1% containment

Incident Management Team Transition: Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3 will shadow IMT 10 today and will take over management of the fire due to significant spread of the fire onto lands protected by ODF. This Type 1 Team will begin managing the fire tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

High winds yesterday afternoon challenged firefighters as the fire burned through extremely dry fuels and pushed past dozer lines on the eastern edge. An 800’ wide strip of fire spread east to the 1129 road and south of the 700 road. Multiple helicopters and air tankers helped keep the fire from spreading further. Despite this setback, weather conditions are favorable today for firefighting efforts as temperatures and winds are expected to remain lower. Crews and dozers will work to re-establish and strengthen the line on the perimeter of the fire and air support will be available to aid the ground effort.

The fire continues to move slowly down the steep flank of Green Ridge on the western side. Because of these steep slopes and the danger to firefighters, hand crews will keep working to hold and improve containment lines below the ridge. Crews will continue to prepare the 1120 road for future use as the fire line on this side of the fire. Burning material rolling downhill remains a challenge to these efforts.

The fire is staffed with over 300 personnel including interagency Type 1 hotshot crews, Type 2 initial attack crews, multiple 20-person hand crews and numerous engines, dozers, skidgeons and masticators.

Public and firefighter safety is the top priority. Fire strategy includes stopping fire movement at the 1120 road on the western side of the fire, protecting private property, private timberlands, and any critical infrastructure within and adjacent to the fire perimeter. 

Current Evacuation Notices and Forest Area Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7012/

A level 1 Evacuation Order “BE READY” was also added for the lands in the Lake Chinook Fire Dept. area including the Three Rivers subdivision, Metolius Arm lake homes, Monty Campground and Perry South Campground.

Recording of 8/21/20 virtual public meeting: https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestTeam10/live/

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