Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Lick Creek and Green Ridge Fire Updates – Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – 9:30 a.m

 California Team 12 assumed command of the Lick Creek and Green Ridge fires Monday, July 26, 2021 at 6:00pm.

Lick Creek Fire: The Lick Creek Fire is 90% contained. Smoke will continue to be visible as unburned pockets of vegetation inside the fire area are consumed. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the perimeter until full containment is achieved.

Green Ridge Fire Current Situation: The burning operations from the 30 Road northeast to Panjab Trailhead have been completed. Future burning operations will continue from Panjab Trailhead to the road junction near Panjab Campground. From there it will continue north and eastward along the 4022 Road connecting to the west side of the Lick Creek Fire near Clearwater Lookout area.

A wildland fire module will work along the southern portion of the fire. Crews will be finishing structure assessment and protection measures to the south near Godman Guard Station and to the north near Tucannon. Structure assessment and protection will also take place on the east side of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in the Grouse flats area. These crews will also be available for initial attack of any new fires in the local area. A combination of hand and aerial ignition, using helicopters and UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), may be used to accomplish the burnout operations along prepared roads to the south and west of the fire as conditions allow.

Additional resources are on order and will be used to replace crews that are timing out as well as provide additional support.

Weather and Smoke Information: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms through the day. The combination of clouds and smoke will bring the potential for a few degrees of cooling. Otherwise it will be another warm day across the fire. Smoke Information is available on the Washington Smoke Blog at: https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/

Evacuations: The remaining Level 1 evacuation area for Garfield County will be expanded from Mountain Road going west to Columbia County line and north from Umatilla National Forest Boundary to Linville Ridge Road to Blind Grade extending to the Columbia County line. If you have any questions, please contact the Garfield County Emergency Management Director, Tina Meier, or Sheriff Drew Hyer at (509)843-3494.

Closures: All Forest Service lands, roads, and trails within the Umatilla National Forest are closed. For more information visit the Umatilla National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd931174.pdf.

Lick Creek Fire Information: 509-780-6238
Lick Creek Fire InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7615/
Lick Creek Facebook: Lick Creek Fire
Green Ridge Fire Information: 509-542-7964
Green Ridge Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7628/
Green Ridge Facebook: Green Ridge Fire

Lick Creek Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021                     Resources:

Cause: Lightning                                2 Crews

Containment: 90%                            9 Engines

Approx. Size: 80,392 acres               2 Dozers

Total Personnel: 203                        7 Water Tenders

Location: Approximately 20 miles SW of Asotin, WA


Green Ridge Fire Quick Facts

Start Date: July 7, 2021                     Resources:

Cause: Lightning                                9 Crews

Approx. Size: 6,799 acres                 10 Engines

Containment: 15%                            4 Dozers

Total Personnel: 333                        14 Water Tenders

6 Masticators

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

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