Winds pushed fire across lines Thursday. Fire crews continue to work on containment.

EDWARD HEATH - Flames engulf timber on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation Aug. 19. The largest fire on the reservation is the 1,500-acre P515 fire. , Madras Pioneer - News Biggest fire spikes to 1,500 acres; fire camp to go up at the fairgrounds; Green Ridge blaze over 1,000 acres More firefighters expected for reservation blazes A Public Meeting will be held at 6:00pm, PST, Friday, August 21, 2020 for the Green Ridge Fire. This meeting will be livestreamed to help meet recommendations for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. To join the meeting, go to Facebook

Yesterday, high afternoon winds pushed the fire across dozer lines on the eastern edge of the fire. Crews and dozers worked overnight to re-establish a line on the perimeter of the fire and firefighters will hold and improve this line today. Although cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will help today's efforts, sustained afternoon winds will continue to challenge existing fire lines to the east.

The fire continued to move slowly down the flank of Green Ridge on the western side of the fire. Due to steep slopes, hand crews will continue working to establish and hold containment lines on this portion of the fire, as well as improving the 1120 road to be used as the fire line. Burning material rolling downhill and across containment lines will continue to challenge these efforts. Helicopters will continue to support the ground effort with bucket drops, and heavy air tankers will be available if the fire is pushed outside of containment lines again today.

The fire remains staffed with almost 300 personnel including interagency hotshot crews, Type 2 initial attack crews, 20-person hand crews and numerous engines, dozers, skidgeons and masticators.

Public and firefighter safety is the top priority. Fire strategy includes stopping fire movement at the 1120 road on the western side of the fire, protecting private property, private timberlands, and any critical infrastructure within and adjacent to the fire perimeter.

There are no changes in the current Evacuation Notices and Forest Area Closures. For more information, please visit:

For the safety of the public and wildland fire personnel, all fire personnel are expected to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing the spread of COVID-19. While federal agency guidance continues to adapt with the situation, NW Team 10 is prepared for wildland fire activity during this time.

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.