Green Ridge and Lick Creek Fire Update
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Incident Commander
Green Ridge Fire Statistics:
Size: 25,250 acres
Total Personnel: 462
Location: 30 miles east of Walla Walla
Reported: July 7, 2021
Lick Creek Fire Statistics:
Size: 80,421 acres
Total Personnel: 61
Location: 20 miles southwest of Asotin, WA
Reported: July 7, 2021
Firefighters continue strengthening fire lines ahead of weather change
Current Situation: Green Ridge Fire: The Green Ridge Fire grew to 25,250 acres on Tuesday and remains 15% contained. Yesterday’s weather provided an opportunity for firefighters to proceed with firing operations on the northeast side of the fire south of the 22 (4022) Road. Tuesday’s firing operations were successful in removing unburned pockets of fuel between established fire lines and the fire’s perimeter. If weather conditions allow, firefighters will continue these firing operations today.
Crews will continue strengthening fire lines and building secondary control lines, or contingency lines, by improving existing roads, trails, and natural terrain features north of the 22 (4022) Road. Other crews will continue mopping up and patrolling containment lines on the west and southwest sides of the fire. Firefighters will be scouting for possible contingency line locations south of the fire’s southern perimeter.
Current Situation: Lick Creek Fire: The Lick Creek Fire remains 80,421 acres and 90% 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 do so.
Rocky Mountain Team Black will be hosting a community meeting tonight in the pavilion at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Dayton. If bandwidth allows, the meeting will be livestreamed on the Green Ridge Fire Facebook page. More information on tonight’s community meeting and a recording of yesterday’s meeting in Pomeroy can be found on the Green Ridge Facebook page.
Weather & Smoke Information: Today’s weather is expected to continue warming. Temperatures will have highs between 80-85 degrees along the ridges and 90-95 in the valley bottoms. Winds will be light from the northwest at 5-10 mph. Humidity will drop today, ranging from 15-20%. Smoke information is available on Washington Smoke Blog at: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/
Forest Closures: Closures are in place on the Umatilla National Forest. All of the Pomeroy Ranger District and portions of the Walla Walla Ranger District near the Green Ridge and Lick Creek fires are closed. The full closure order and map is available on InciWeb: https://go.usa.gov/xFXhP
Evacuations: Garfield County currently has Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations in place. Columbia County currently has Level 3, Level 2, and Level 1 evacuations in place. For more information on evacuations, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xFQJ2 for full information.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Green Ridge Fire and Lick Creek Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. 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.
Information Office: (509) 542-7964
Lick Creek Fire Information:
Information Office: (509) 780-6238