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Firefighters hold line on Green Ridge Fire

Firefighters took advantage of mild winds and lower temperatures on Saturday, August 22, to make significant progress on the Green Ridge Fire. The fire perimeter did not grow, and crews were able to focus on holding and improving the line. The fire stands at 4,169 acres and 1 percent contained.

Firefighters are concentrating on improving the line today and beginning to mop up hotspots located near the line. Crews will work around the fire perimeter to locate and suppress spot fires caused by embers landing in extremely dry vegetation outside the line. In addition, crews on the west side of the fire will continue to construct line for a small burnout operation that will remove unburned material on the western edge of the fire. The burnout will be conducted in the early evening when weather and wind conditions are the safest.

The Green Ridge Fire is now managed by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Team 3. This Type 1 Incident Management Team took over the fire today due to significant spread of the fire and increase in fire complexity. ODF Team 3 will continue to aggressively manage this fire to protect the public, state lands and private development.

Numerous wildfires are burning in the west, bringing a lot of smoke into Central Oregon. Currently, air quality in the Sisters area is moderate. For information about smoke and air quality, visit and look at the material under the smoke and your health tab. The site contains links to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Air Index Map and provides tips for dealing with smoke.


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