Green Ridge Fire Update
Central Oregon – The Green Ridge Fire, burning approximately 13 miles NW of Sisters, Oregon in the Camp Sherman area, grew to 150 acres yesterday and is 0% contained.
The fire is burning on the steep slope below the ridgeline, and has been burning uphill to the east. The steep terrain is makes access difficult and presents a hazard to firefighters.
Although the fire was putting up smoke yesterday, it was reported that the fire was mainly staying close to the ground but occasionally making short runs and torching out trees. The fire is burning in a mix of Ponderosa, fir, and manzanita. Firefighters will work to construct hand-line where possible, while dozers will work to construct line on the east and west sides of the fire. A helicopter will continue to make bucket drops on the fire.
In addition to the evacuation of Lower Bridge Campground on Tuesday, yesterday fire managers evacuated Allen Springs and Pioneer Ford Campgrounds to ensure public safety. Fire managers indicate that the fire is burning within ½ mile of private property, and that 4 residences and the 3 campgrounds are threatened. Ground resources include 6 crews, 10 engines, 4 water tenders, 3 dozers, and miscellaneous personnel. Agencies involved include the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry, as well as private contractors.
Over 1,800 lightning strikes were reported within the last 48 hours. Over 75 smoke reports were called in, and most of those reports have been located and have either been suppressed or are staffed at this time.
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CORRECTION: In this morning's news release it was stated that fire managers evacuated Allen Springs and Pioneer Ford Campgrounds (in addition to Lower Bridge Campground). That was erroneous.
Lower Bridge Campground was closed for public safety so that a helicopter could draw water from the Metolius River to facilitate bucket drops on the Green Ridge Fire.
As a precautionary measure, Pioneer Ford Campground was CLOSED last night, and campers were re-located. Allen Springs campground campers were asked to vacate the campground by 10:00 a.m. this morning.
We regret the error. Thank you for your continued patience as we gather information regarding local fire activity.