News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Steep terrain challenges firefighters

Steep terrain is challenging firefighters on the Green Ridge Fire, burning in heavy timber two miles northeast of Camp Sherman on the Sisters Ranger District.

Aerial resources assisted firefighting efforts on the ground to construct preliminary fire lines but the steep terrain creates problems with burning material rolling downhill into unburned areas. Fire officials reported active fire behavior and spotting yesterday.

The fire is at 30 acres with no containment, according to Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch.

The Green Ridge Fire is the largest of 11 new fires picked up in Central Oregon after lightning storms moved through the area.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect most current acreage estimate and containment percentage).


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