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Containment lines hold on Green Ridge Fire

Containment lines surrounding the Green Ridge Fire passed the wind test Saturday afternoon, holding the fire in place with no reported spot fires. The fire remains 4,338 acres in size and is now 60 percent contained. The forecasted Red Flag Warning produced sustained winds up to 18 mph and gusts of 25 mph, but had little effect on the fire.

Twenty-one 20-person fire crews will continue to mop up hot spots as much as 75 feet into the fire’s perimeter.

The Green Ridge Fire Incident Meteorologist, Jon Bonk, says conditions will be much cooler today and tomorrow but still fairly dry behind Saturday’s cold front. A marine layer west of the Cascades may bring westerly winds over the next couple of days, but higher humidity is expected. Warm and dry conditions will return Tuesday and will continue for the rest of the week.

Despite the moderation in weather, fire danger remains extreme across central Oregon. The firefighting community is asking all residents and forest visitors to exercise caution with all outdoor activities. All open fires, including campfires, wood stoves and charcoal briquette fires are prohibited on the Deschutes National Forest except in designated campgrounds. Open fires are also not allowed on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Deschutes National Forest Area Closure remains in place while FS Road 14 and associated campgrounds remain open. Visit for additional fire and Forest Area Closures information.

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