|8/12/2013 8:50:00 AM|
Stubborn Green Ridge Fire corralled
Steep, difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions beset firefighters on the Green Ridge Fire ever since the blaze was ignited by a lighting strike at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
While the bulk of the blaze was corralled early on, a finger of fire, pushed by terrain and wind associated with a continuing series of thunderstorms, kept extending eastward, up over the ridge and spotting farther and farther east. The Northern California Incident Management Team 1 finally got some cooperative weather and got the fire 95 percent contained on Sunday, August 11. They turned management of the fire back over to the Sisters Ranger District on Monday.
The fire is not expected to grow beyond its current size of 1,510 acres.
Mop-up and rehabilitation efforts will continue on the fire, which has already cost more than $3 million to quell. Crews and fire personnel will continue to secure the fire by extinguishing all heat within 300 feet of containment lines.
That doesn't mean the fire is out. Fire will continue to creep along, consuming fuels on the interior of the perimeter.
Residents and visitors to the Camp Sherman area may continue to see light smoke in the vicinity of the fire and fire related traffic on area roadways. Fire crews will start rehabilitating fire lines and the Forest Service will assess damage and begin the process of mitigating impacts.
However, the fire is not having a major impact on the Metolius Basin. Businesses remain open and operating and, despite some closures, folks are enjoying their usual recreational activities in the area.
Closures that remain in place include: Forest Road 14 from the 900 junction to the 1490 junction; the East Metolius Trail; Lower Bridge Campground; Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery; Allen Springs Campground; Pioneer Ford Campground.
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