Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Lick Creek and Green Ridge Fire Update – August 4, 2021 8:00 a.m.

 There will be community meeting tonight at the Dayton Best Western Conf. Room @ 7:30 p.m.

Lick Creek Fire: The Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assessment will be utilized for forecasting the preparation needs of the areas at greatest risk for runoff and flooding. 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 until full containment is achieved. This fire remains at 90% contained.

Green Ridge Fire: The fire continued backing slowly toward the Tucannon River in the Ladybug Campground area holding within primary containment lines. The night shift focused on patrol and monitoring of the fire edge going direct on spot fires to accomplish containment. Firefighters were successful in firing along the 46 Road connecting the Edmiston Springs and Spangler Creek sections. Outflow winds overnight from area storms challenged containment lines, however; the crews were able to keep the fire east of the 46 Road. Aircraft will be assisting ground resources with retardant and water dropping runs to help minimize potential for additional fire spread, working the strategy of anchor and flanking. Every effort is being made to protect the numerous values at risk to include Mill Creek Municipal Watershed, plantation reforestation sites, sensitive plants, recreation areas, fisheries, numerous cultural, archaeological, and historic sites, farming, high value agricultural lands, a RAWS site, and a repeater site are also threatened. Secondary control lines continue to be worked by improvement of existing roads, trails, and natural terrain features.

Weather and Smoke Information: Today we can expect the weather to be mostly sunny in the morning becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon into the evening. We will see another hot and unstable day over southeast Washington. Today will be the same or a little warmer than Tuesday, and the humidity will be the same or a little lower. Afternoon temperatures will reach 85-90 over the higher ridges and 95-100 in the valley bottoms. The humidity’s will generally range from 18-23 percent along all elevations. Winds will be light and variable. The low-level inversion will break around 10 am. Smoke information is available on Washington Smoke Blog at:

Evacuations: Level II Evacuation Notice issued on July 29th, by Columbia County’s sheriff’s office remains in effect for the area: south of the previous Level I evacuation in Columbia County. The Level II evacuation notice extends east to the forest boundary, including Bald Butte Mountain and south to the Columbia County-Wallowa County state border. The evacuation notice also extends west to the forest boundary and north to Chase Mountain. From Chase Mountain, it extends to Middle Point Trailhead to Midway Campground. Additionally, a Level I evacuation notice remains in effect for the following areas: everywhere north and west of Chase Mountain and Midway Camp in the forest boundary. If you have questions, please call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (509-382-1100; or 509-382-2518). The Level 1 evacuation remains in place in Garfield County. If you have questions, please call the Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Tina Meier, or Sheriff Drew Hyer (509-843-3494).

Closures: The Umatilla National Forest will reopen most lands for public entry. Portions of the Pomeroy Ranger District and the Walla Walla Ranger District remain closed. The full order will be posted to Inciweb:


Lick Creek Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021                     Resources:

Cause: Lightning                                 1 Crew

Containment: 90%                            8 Engines Approx. Size: 80,421 acres               3 Water Tender Total Personnel: 61                           3 Heavy Equip.


Location: Approximately 20 miles SW of Asotin, WA

Green Ridge Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021                     Resources:

Cause: Lightning                                 7 Crews

Approx. Size: 12,260 acres               29 Engines

Containment: 15%                            9 Dozers

Total Personnel: 368                         13 Water Tenders

7 Helicopters

Location: Green Ridge area, 30 miles east of Walla Walla

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