Monday, September 6, 2021

Green Ridge Fire Update - Sept. 6, 2021

 Please, stay clear of firefighting operations and drive safely! The public should watch out for fire crews and equipment while traveling on forest roads. Some roads remain closed with barriers. Barriers are in place to protect firefighters and the public, so please respect the closed areas.

Stay clear of fire-blackened areas for the many unseen hazards that exist, including live green, fire-weakened, trees which may fall without warning, and scalding hot stump holes.  Please maintain situational awareness of your surroundings when traveling and hiking in fire-damaged forests.

Know before you go! Before going hunting, hiking or camping, be sure to check the forest, grassland or ranger district for fire restrictions or area closures. For a checklist of fire-safe actions when enjoying the outdoors, visit the USDA Forest Service at Know Before You Go. 

Green Ridge Fire Statistics: Size: 41,123 acres, Containment: 40%, Total Personnel: 198, Location: 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Reported: July 7, 2021, Cause: Lightning.

Current Situation: Green Ridge Fire: 

Yesterday: An increase in wind speed contributed to increase fire behavior in the southwest corner of the fire near Godman Guard Station (Division Kilo). Firefighters, worked to knock them down, which included helicopter bucket drops, and improving dozer line. Firefighters from the northern edge of the fire along Forest Service Road 4022 (Division Mike) assisted. In addition, firefighters continued to patrol the fire line, conduct mop-up activities, and search for hotspots throughout the fire perimeter. 

Today: Firefighters will continue to extinguish flare-ups with the assistance of helicopter bucket drops along Division Kilo of the fire, patrol established fire line, and conduct mop-up activities. Resource advisors are onsite to provide knowledge of cultural and natural resource areas to be protected.

Weather & Smoke Information: Mostly sunny with smoke and haze, some afternoon clouds, with a high near 79. Winds shifting W/NW at 6-8 mph with gusts to 13-15 mph in the afternoon. Maximum relative humidity will be 68-73 percent above 5,000 feet and 77-84 percent in the valleys. Smoke information is available on Washington Smoke Blog at: 

Forest Closures: A reduced Fire Emergency Closure is in place on the Umatilla National Forest and was updated on September 2, 2021. The closure order map can be found at:

Evacuations: Level-1 evacuations (be ready, stay aware) remain in place in Garfield, Columbia and Asotin counties. For more information on evacuations, please visit your local county government web pages for full information.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: The temporary flight restriction over the Green Ridge fire has been removed. However, wildfires are a “No Drone Zone.” 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

Green Ridge Fire Information:
Information Office: (509) 542-7964

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