E of Walla Walla, WA
36 mins, 28 secs ago
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:51 AM PDT
Lightning caused, resources responded 7/7
Primary Fire Agency
US Forest Service — Umatilla National Forest
Incident Overview Updated: 5 hours, 17 mins ago
The Turkey Tail and Green Ridge fires began from lightning strikes July 7. The fires are managed as one incident, called the Green Ridge fire. The Green Ridge fire continues to spread primarily into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, where there are very limited opportunities to create an indirect containment line, in steep, remote and rugged terrain. Values at risk include Wilderness, residences and recreation facilities.
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Facebook: Green Ridge Fire
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Green Ridge area, 30 miles east of Walla Walla.
Randy Johnson, Pacific Northwest Team 3
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, September 6, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
2006 Columbia Complex burn footprint with shrubs and varying amounts of standing and fallen snags. Fire spread is driven by the density and dryness of the heavy fuels, leading to fingering and patchy burn patterns. Regeneration and shrubs may or may not depending on moisture contribute to the continuity of the fuel bed, allowing fire to spread with wind or slope.
Active, Flanking, Backing, Group Torching
Continue to utilize air resources when available to check fire edge and hold fire in strategic locations in order to implement primary and alternative control lines. Hand crews and heavy equipment are continuing prep work on prep FS road 46 and FS 4608 on the south and west side of the incident (DIV A, G, K and M). Coordinating with firing group to evaluate opportunities to compartmentalize established line opportunities along trails, ridges, and ridge tops in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. *Long term planning and significant resource shortages will extend time frame of resource demobilization date.
Projected Incident Activity:
Primary spread direction is east and a little less north and south, terrain and fuel is the biggest contributor to spread. Surface fire comprised of backing, flanking, creeping, smoldering. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipate increased activity with single and group torching, short crown runs possible spotting up to 0.1 mile.
Moderate spread to the east and north in the burned portions left from Columbia complex slowing at the top of the ridge(Mt Misery trail &Rattlesnake Tr.). Surface fire comprised of backing, flanking, creeping, smoldering through dead/down from previous fire. After inversion lifts or smoke clears anticipated increased activity with single and group torching, crown runs possible spotting up to 0.1 mile.
Using lend/ lease assets in order to take advantage of implementation of our primary line and alternate lines. Using these resources will increase the odds of keeping the footpirnt of the Green Ridge preparing for transfer of command with CA-Team 12.
Light winds and warmer temperatures were common over the Green Ridge Fire Saturday courtesy of high pressure strengthening in the upper-levels. It was a smoky start to the day with smoke trapped under the morning inversion. Smoke thinned in the afternoon as the inversion lifted and light northerly winds developed. Wind gusts up to 15 mph were observed on the Skyline RAWS. Temperatures along the ridgetops warmed back into the upper 70s while the creek bottoms experienced highs near 90.
Sunday will be another warm and dray day across the Blue Mountains as high pressure remains anchored over Southeastern Washington. The air mass will continue to warm promoting another afternoon of the morning inversion will give way to areas of sunshine in the afternoon. Winds will start off light and terrain then become breezy in the afternoon from the northwest.
Hours: 7:00 am-9:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center
| La Grande, OR