Mild weather allows crews to make progress on Green Ridge Fire

Crews on Saturday took advantage of good weather and mild winds to make significant progress on the Green Ridge Fire, holding and improving the fireline.

Air support aided hand crews in this effort to keep the fire burning near Camp Sherman around 4,200 acres, according to Incident Commander Alan Lawson. It’s currently 1% contained.

Crews along the western slope of Green Ridge completed a 1-acre burnout operation to clean up the northwest line.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Team 3 took over management of the Green Ridge Fire at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Lawson said the Type 1 Team, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, shadowed the outgoing Northwest Incident Management Team (IMT) 10 Saturday to ensure a smooth transition.

Central Oregon Fire Information

ODF is assuming command of the fire due to the large number of acres of ODF-protected lands within and adjacent to the fire’s perimeter.

Lawson thanked cooperators, stakeholders, the communities of Sisters and Camp Sherman, and the outlying communities and property owners for their cooperation in this firefighting effort.

“In particular, we would like to thank the Sisters School District and the Sisters Middle School for allowing the team to use their property as our Incident Command Post,” Lawson said. “Although we are already in a difficult fire season, especially with COVID-19 restrictions, it is the cooperation such as we have experienced here that has enabled us to meet firefighting objectives in a safe and efficient manner.”

The past week was challenging to firefighters because strong westerly winds drove the fire east into state timberland, while threatening communities both northeast and west of the fire.

More resources are expected Sunday with the new team, including five additional 20-person crews and five engines.

ODF Team 3 will continue to aggressively manage this fire to protect the public, state lands and private development. Public and firefighter safety remains the top priority while working within CDC guidelines to protect from COVID-19.

Current Evacuation Notices and Forest Area Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7012/

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