Friday, August 6, 2021

Lick Creek and Green Ridge Fire Update – August 6, 2021 8:30 a.m.

 Lick Creek Fire: A plan is being put together for the needs of the areas at greatest risk for runoff and flooding as proposed in the BAER Team assessment. 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: Gusty winds were experienced from a cold front passing through the area overnight. This front also brought light rains and lightning. Containment lines were tested, when winds carried embers about one and a half miles across the line causing spot fires at the 46 Road and Drop Point (DP) 261. Crews responded quickly getting rough line around this spot and monitored it due to several large snags in the interior. Another spot fire occurred at the bottom of the Tucannon drainage east of the Panjab Campground. They were pushed across the line by a southwest wind causing the fire to spot and make a run on the north side of the Tucannon River. Crews overnight began line construction on these spots and will continue in the suppression effort today. There were about 14 separate lightning strikes detected during the cold front’s passing and firefighters are now prioritizing resources based on the values at risk and potential of new fires that may have occurred from the lightning. 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 cloudy, cooler, and windy. A dry cold front last night will cause southwest winds to increase today. The gusty southwest winds along the ridges will continue through Sunday. The strongest winds will occur along the exposed ridges. Drainages that run southwest-northwest in Lick Creek will also have winds align along the drainages and accelerate, with 10-15 mph gusts possible. It will be cooler with higher humidity (5-10 percent) for the next several days. 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). If you have questions, please call the Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Tina Meier, orSheriff 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:

Green Ridge Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021                     Resources:

Cause: Lightning                                 8 Crews

Approx. Size: 13,498 acres               21 Engines

Containment: 15%                            7 Dozers

Total Personnel: 336                         15 Water Tenders

5 Helicopters

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

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: 58                           3 Heavy Equip.


Location: Approximately 20 miles SW of Asotin, WA

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