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Firefighters make significant progress holding and improving fire line

Firefighters took advantage of improved weather conditions to make significant progress on the 3,700-acre Green Ridge Fire. A new incident management team is taking over the fire tomorrow.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Team 3 will take over management of the Green Ridge Fire tomorrow at 6 a.m. This Type 1 Team, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, shadowed the outgoing Northwest Incident Management Team (IMT) 10 today to ensure a smooth transition. 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.

In its evening status update, the outgoing team stated:

"Northwest Team 10 Incident Commander Alan Lawson would like to thank our 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. 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. Today, firefighters took advantage of good weather and mild winds to make significant progress holding and improving the fireline. Air support aided hand crews in this effort. Crews along the western slope of Green Ridge completed a one-acre burnout operation to clean up the northwest line.

More resources arrive tomorrow 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.

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