Dayton, WA. — As of this morning, Northwest IMT 7 has taken over battling the Green Ridge Fire burning on the Pomeroy Ranger District, approximately 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington. The objective is to fully suppress this fire and minimize the size and duration, while prioritizing firefighter and public safety.
The Green Ridge Fire is comprised of two wildfires burning in steep, rugged terrain. Values at risk include structures, wilderness, Mill Creek Watershed, and recreation areas in the vicinity. The Turkey Tail Fire spread into Turkey Creek. Firefighters continued line construction on the eastern side of Turkey Tail and are preparing indirect lines as contingency lines on the southern end of the fire. Firefighters have completed the structure protection work around Godman Guard Station and the Little Turkey Tail Recreation Residents tract.
Today, firefighters will strengthen containment lines, mopping up and cooling hot spots adjacent to the line construction. Where terrain and fuels allow crews to safely engage, firefighters will also continue building containments lines on the northern edge of Turkey Tail Fire.
The Umatilla National Forest implemented an area and road closure across the entire Pomeroy Ranger District. Additional information about this closure is available on the Forest website.
Fire officials want to 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.
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Additional information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla. Prevention Message: This fire season is very early and very dangerous and shows no signs of letting up.
Firefighting resources are already stretched thin. This fire and many others burning in the region are extremely persistent on the land, requiring a marathon effort from firefighters. The same persistent effort is required from the public to assure their personal safety and to prevent any new ignitions. Firefighters need your help getting us all through this marathon fire season safely.
Approximate Size:338 acres
Resources on the fires:
Water tenders: 3
Jurisdiction:Umatilla National Forest
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