Dayton, WA. —The Green Ridge Fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain on the Pomeroy Ranger District, approximately 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington. Values at risk include structures, the Mill Creek Watershed, wilderness, and recreation areas in the vicinity.
The Columbia County Sheriff has issued a Level 1 Evacuation Notice for a broad area to the north of the fire. Level 1 means BE READY for potential evacuation. Residents should regularly monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. The notice and map are published on the Inciweb and Facebook sites (see links to the right).
Yesterday firefighters completed structure protection measures on Oregon Butte Lookout. The fire grew generally to the south and southeast, on West Butte Ridge east of Turkey Creek.
Today, crews are cutting, clearing, and chipping vegetation, and continuing to lay hoses to deliver water for reinforcing the indirect fire lines along Kendall Skyline Road and the 4608 Road south and west of the fire.
Scouting and line location continues to the east and north to identify features on the landscape, such as trails and unvegetated areas, where indirect fire line will be most likely to contain the fire. Crews will continue improving structure protection around Godman Guard Station and the Little Turkey Tail Recreation Residential tract. Where terrain and fire behavior allow crews to safely engage, firefighters will directly limit the fire spread using helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
On July 16, 2021, the Umatilla National Forest implemented a Forest-wide closure across the entire Umatilla National Forest. The Forest is closed due to extreme fire danger and multiple fires across the Forest. Additional information about this closure is available on the Forest website.
Fire officials remind everyone that the current fire danger rating is EXTREME and public use restrictions involving chainsaw use, smoking and off-road travel are in effect.
The latest fire information will be posted on the Blue Mountains Fire Information Blog. To receive updates on fires in the Blue Mountains, follow our blog at http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/. Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.
Prevention Message: On average, human-caused wildfires make up 87 percent of all wildfire occurrences annually. Many of these wildfires occur in proximity to roadways, communities, and recreational areas, posing considerable threat to public safety. Please work and recreate responsibly.
Resources on the fires:
Water tenders: 4
Umatilla National Forest
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