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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Human, Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 08th, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM|
|Location||The Northeast boundary of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, 7 air miles Northeast of Simnasho|
|Incident Commander||Tony Sanchez|
|Incident Description||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.|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Grass, dormant brush
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.
|Projected Incident Activity|
No fire behavior is occuring
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.
Dry with near seasonal temperatures weather conditions.