Courtesy Nick Lelack

Green Ridge Fire prompts new Level 1 Evacuation notices NE of Camp Sherman

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Evacuation Order for the Lands in the Lake Chinook Fire District, 3 Rivers subdivision, Metolius Arm lake homes, Monty Campground and Perry South Campground.

The fire, burning about 12 miles northwest of Sisters has grown to nearly 3,706 acres.

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites, and local media outlets for information.

This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system

Those who need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke) should consider leaving now.

You are encouraged to prepare or even move livestock and pets out of the area. Be prepared to leave if conditions worsen.

The Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 10, a collaborative group of fire officials and sheriff’s deputies in Deschutes and Jefferson counties, livestreamed a virtual public meeting to provide information to the public about the fire and answer participant questions on Friday night.

A recording of the meeting is available here.

Information about the Green Ridge Fire will continue to be posted on fire information boards located in Sisters and the Camp Sherman area.

High winds Friday afternoon challenged firefighters as the fire burned through extremely dry fuels and pushed past dozer lines on the eastern edge, Incident Commander Alan Lawson said.

An 800’ wide strip of fire spread east to the 1129 road and south of the 700 road. Multiple helicopters and air tankers helped keep the fire from spreading further.

Despite this setback, weather conditions are favorable today for firefighting efforts as temperatures and winds are expected to remain lower.

Crews and dozers will work to re-establish and strengthen the line on the perimeter of the fire and air support will be available to aid the ground effort, Lawson said.

The fire continues to move slowly down the steep flank of Green Ridge on the western side.

Because of these steep slopes and the danger to firefighters, hand crews will keep working to hold and improve containment lines below the ridge. Crews will continue to prepare the 1120 road for future use as the fire line on this side of the fire. Burning material rolling downhill remains a challenge to these efforts.

The fire is staffed with over 300 personnel including interagency Type 1 hotshot crews, Type 2 initial attack crews, multiple 20-person hand crews and numerous engines, dozers, skidgeons and masticators.

Public and firefighter safety is the top priority. Fire strategy includes stopping fire movement at the 1120 road on the western side of the fire, protecting private property, private timberlands, and any critical infrastructure within and adjacent to the fire perimeter.

A new information phone line for the Green Ridge Fire can be reached at 541-604-8461.

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