Nena Springs Fire

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Nena Springs Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 1:13 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

45.048 latitude, -121.305 longitude

Incident Overview

Photo taken from helicopter showing the edge of the fire.

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The human caused Nena Springs Fire started on private property adjacent to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation shortly after 5pm, August 8th. High winds created extreme fire behavior and caused the fire to grow very quickly.

On August 13, Northwest Team 12 and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team took command of the fire.

The Blue Team was instrumental in providing structure support equipment and specialists to protect the Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions who were evacuated for two days. The Charlie Canyon, Wolf Point Subdivision, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, and Fish Hatchery Grade area also experienced evacuation notices.

To support evacuees, a Red Cross Shelter was established at the Warm Springs Community Center. This was essential in helping provide shelter and support for community members who were instrumental in supporting each other.

On Aug. 15, the fire received moisture across the fire area, significantly helping firefighters contain the fire. It moved from 25-60% containment overnight.

By Aug. 16, a transfer of command back to the local unit took place and the fire was called 90% contained. Resources were released to support other area fires.

The fire will remain 90% contained for several days as a remote finger of heat in a difficult-to-access area of the fire is being closely monitored.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman, Under Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday August 08th, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationThe Northeast boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, 7 air miles Northeast of Simnasho
Incident CommanderTony Sanchez
Incident DescriptionThe Human Caused Nena Springs Fire Started On Private Property Adjacent To The Warm Springs Indian Reservation Shortly After 5pm, August 8th. High Winds Created Extreme Fire Behavior And Caused The Fire To Grow Very Quickly.

Current Situation

Total Personnel150
Size39,526 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, dormant brush

Significant Events

Due to the expected influx of people beginning to travel across the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, a Fire Prevention Team is in Warm Springs. Team members are talking to the public and youth about ways to prevent wildland fires and increase awareness of activities they can do to keep fire away from the home ignition zone.

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

No fire behavior is occuring

Remarks

A burn ban is in effect across the Warm Springs Reservation. The Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) are at Level 4 within Zone 1. All operations are prohibited. All other zones are at IFPL level 3 which requires a partial shutdown of many activities.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry with near seasonal temperatures weather conditions.

Unit Information

Warm Springs Agency
4430 Dry Creek Trail Rd
Warm Springs, OR 97761
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Incident Contact

Warm Springs Fire Management
Phone: 541- 553-3275
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm

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