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Green Ridge Fire

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Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

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Email: 2021.greenridge@firenet.gov
Phone: 509-542-7964
Hours: 7:00 am-8:00 pm

August 29 Green Ridge and Lick Creek Fire Update

Green Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2021

Green Ridge and Lick Creek Fires Update 

Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Kevin Stock 

August 29, 2021 

Please stay clear of firefighting operations and drive safely! With the reduction of the Emergency Fire Area Closure, the public is being asked to watch out for fire crews and equipment while traveling on forest roads. Some roads remain closed with barriers.  Barriers are in place to protect firefighters and the public, so please respect the closed areas. 

A Virtual Facebook Live Public Meeting is set for today at 7 PM.  The meeting will be live streamed on the Green Ridge Fire Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/greenridgefire2021.

Green Ridge Fire Statistics: Size: 39,598, Containment: 35%, Total Personnel: 182, Location: 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Reported: July 7, 2021, Cause: Lightning. 

Lick Creek Fire Statistics: Size: 80,421, Containment: 100%, Total Personnel: 6, Location: 20 miles southwest of Asotin, WA, Reported: July 7, 2021, Cause: Lightning. 

Current Situation: Green Ridge Fire: Activity on the Green Ridge Fire continued to be minimal yesterday due to higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures. Warmer and dryer weather is predicted today and fire behavior may increase accordingly. Firefighters will remain diligent in watching for new smoke.  More progress was made yesterday on direct containment of the fire in the southeast corner near Diamond Creek Road below Mount Misery.  The objective for this area of the fire is to establish containment line going south then turning the corner going west towards Diamond Peak. Crews patrolled and mopped up other sections of uncontrolled line along portions of the northeast corner, near Clear Water lookout tower and guard station, and southwest corner near Godman Trailhead along Skyline Drive. Predicted gusty winds again today could test secured line. Resource advisors are onsite to provide knowledge of cultural and natural resource areas to be protected. Advisors are also mapping all suppression line constructed for future repair. 

Current Situation: Lick Creek Fire: The Lick Creek Fire remains 80,421 acres and is now 100% contained.Smoke will continue to be visible as unburned pockets of vegetation inside the fire perimeter are consumed. Crews will continue to mop-up any interior pockets of heat and patrol lines as they can safely.  

Weather & Smoke Information: Mostly sunny today with smoke and haze.  A warming trend will continue today as temperatures may reach 72-77 degrees along the ridges and 81-86 degrees in the valley bottoms. Winds will be west-northwest 6-10 mph with gusts up to 18 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity will range from 23-28% above 5000 feet and 17-22% in the valleys. Smoke information is available on Washington Smoke Blog at: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/  

Forest Closures: A reduced Fire Emergency Closure is in place on the Umatilla National Forest and has been updated as of August 28, 2021. The closure order map can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd948170.pdf 

Evacuations: Garfield and Columbia County have dropped all Level 2 areas to Level 1 yesterday. For more information on evacuations, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xFQJ2 for full information.   

Temporary Flight Restrictions: For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the Green Ridge and Lick Creek Fires, a Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire areas. Please consult the “Notice to Airman” for specifics. Wildfires are a “No Drone Zone.”  Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Green Ridge Fire Information: 

Information Office: (509) 542-7964 

Email: 2021.GreenRidge@firenet.gov  

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7628/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenridgefire2021 

Lick Creek Fire Information: 

Information Office: (509) 780-6238 

Email: 2021.LickCreek@firenet.gov 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LickCreekFire