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Green Ridge Fire near full containment

Command transferred back to Sisters Ranger District


Since last Tuesday, the Green Ridge Fire near Camp Sherman, has nearly tripled to 1,510 acres.

The fire, which was 95 percent contained on Aug. 13, is expected to be completely contained by 6 p.m Aug. 14. Although there were 204 personnel assigned to the fire on Tuesday, officials anticipated that the number would slowly decrease this week as firefighters mop up the area and repair of suppression damage, but the fire will remain staffed.

The fire was started by lightning on July 31, at about 9:15 p.m., and burned in mixed conifer stands and brush on the steepest part of the ridge, about three miles northwest of Camp Sherman.

Command of the fire was transferred from NorCal Team 1 back to the Sisters Ranger District on Monday. Base camp continues to be located at Sisters Middle School. Lower Bridge, Allen Springs and Pioneer Ford campgrounds, as well as the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery and Forest Road 11 and 14 are now open. Through travel within the fire area is not allowed.

Details and updates will be posted on the Deschutes National Forest web site. http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices.

Residents may still see smoke in the Metolius Basin as fuels within the fire perimeter continue to burn. Additional information is available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/.

Open fires, including charcoal fires, are banned on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland of the Ochoco National Forest.

Except in hosted and developed campgrounds, campfires are prohibited. However, the restrictions do not apply to affected wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.



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