Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Green Ridge Fire Update - Sept. 8, 2021

 The Green Ridge Fire is being managed by the Southern Area Gray Incident Management Team with Mitch Ketron as the incident commander. The Gray Team took command of the Green Ridge Fire on September 4, 2021 at 0600.

Green Ridge Fire:

Size: 41,867 acres, Containment: 40%, Total Personnel: 191, Location: 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Reported: July 7, 2021, Cause: Lightning.

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.

Current Situation: Green Ridge Fire:

Yesterday: Fire skunked around as pockets along southern edge filled in and growth occured southward. No runs or erratic behavior observed, however heat continued to pop up in the perimeter's corners.

Firefighters continued to patrol the fire line, conduct mop-up activities, and search for hotspots throughout the fire perimeter.

Today: Firefighters will continue their vigilance searching for flare-ups, and knock them down with the assistance of helicopter bucket drops along the southwest edge of the fire, In addition, firefighters continue to patrol the fire line, conduct mop-up activities, and search for hotspots throughout the fire perimeter. Resource advisors are onsite to provide knowledge of cultural and natural resource areas to be protected.

Weather & Smoke Information:

Widespread haze. Areas of smoke after 3:00 PM. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 7-13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Minimum humidity will be 25-29 percent. 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:


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

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