Camp Sherman, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make progress establishing and holding containment lines on the Green Ridge Fire, in spite of being challenged by repeated spot fires. The Prineville and Wolf Creek Interagency Hotshot crews successfully completed burnout operations on the western side of Green Ridge, bringing the edge of the fire down to more defensible, flat ground. Additional hand crews, engines and heavy equipment arrived yesterday to begin the process of mopping up, improving containment lines and patrolling for additional spot fires.
The Oregon Department of Forestry, Incident Management Team 3, will livestream a virtual public meeting tonight at 6 p.m. PST. The team will provide an overview of the current situation including updates on the fire’s condition, predicted weather and fire behavior, and operations strategies for the next several days. To participate, viewers do not need a Facebook account to view the meeting. The live stream will appear at the top of the Green Ridge Fire Facebook page a few minutes before 6:00 p.m. To join the meeting, please go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenridgefire2020
The Level 2 Evacuation notices for residences north of Indian Ford between Green Ridge Rd (FS 11) and Fly Lake Rd (USFS 2050/2055) have been reduced to Level 1 Pre-Evacuation Notice. A Level 1 (Be Ready) Pre-Evacuation notice is now in place for the following:
- Residences along Indian Ford Road from Hwy 20 to Stevens Canyon Road
- Residences east of Fly Lake Rd (FS 2055) to Stevens Canyon Rd (including all residences along Stevens Canyon Rd)
- Private residences and campgrounds west of USFS 14 within the Metolius Basin in the Camp Sherman area.
- Residences in Jefferson County north of the Deschutes County line, west of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River north to Lake Billy Chinook. This includes areas commonly referred to as Geneva, Grandview, Three Rivers, Air Park Estates, Perry South and Monty Campgrounds.
For information about evacuation notices and Forest Area Closures go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7012/
Weather will continue to challenge fire suppression on this fire and on fires throughout Central Oregon. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Monday and Tuesday for thunderstorms, dry lightning and gusty winds. Although the Sisters Ranger District is excluded from the warning, storms passing nearby could still affect fire behavior with winds in excess of 20 mph.
ODF Team 3 remains committed to the safety of the public and wildland fire personnel. All fire personnel are expected to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for preventing the spread of COVID-19.