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Nena Springs Fire 75% Contained – Final Update
Warm Springs OR – A strong force of firefighters are working towards increasing the containment of the Nena Springs Fire. Until moisture arrives over the fire, containment will remain 75%. Its... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 8/23/2017

Approximate Location

45.048 latitude, -121.305 longitude

Incident Overview

Warm Springs Hotshot Crew carrier under the full solar eclipse, Aug. 21, 2017.

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Warm Springs OR – A strong force of firefighters are working towards increasing the containment of the Nena Springs Fire. Until moisture arrives over the fire, containment will remain 75%. Its final footprint is expected to remain 68,135 acres.

Firefighters found a hot spot in Skookum Creek Drainage yesterday. Surface fire is smoldering in duff and dead and down logs. A handcrew will direct a light helicopter over hotspots today to provide target drops of water. This mop-up work requires attention to ensure the fire does not smolder outside of contained areas.

The 240 firefighters assigned to the fire today are beginning to hit their maximum days work and will return home to rest before taking new assignments. As these resources time out, a smaller force of firefighters will remain at Warm Springs to complete the work left yet to do.

A transfer of command will occur tomorrow to a smaller management organization. This is part of the natural process of right-sizing the organization.

The forecast today calls for a chance of thunderstorms that may bring lightning and some rain if it enters into the area.

Today is the final update for the Nena Springs Fire. Please call Warm Springs Fire Management at 541-553-1146 for fire information.


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, Ian Yocum

Current Situation

Total Personnel240
Size68,135 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, dormant brush

Significant Events

containment increased 10% today. No change is fire size.

Evacuation notices were lifted for all affected neighborhoods. No evacuation notices are in effect.

The Webster flat road was opened to public traffic.

Interior stumps, dead and burnt trees are smoldering. Firefighters will spend the next couple days extinguishing these areas to ensure the fire does not escape. When available, a helicopter will be used to assist them with delivering water.

Tomorrow will be the final update for the Nena Springs Fire unless significant activity occurs.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters will extinguish smoldering logs still burning in the higher elevations of the fire's interior. Remove pumps, hoses and other equipment and begin the process of releasing resources.

A transfer of command will occur Thursday morning to a smaller management organization.

Projected Incident Activity

smoldering

Remarks

There are 4 hand crews, 24 engines and miscellaneous leadership positions working on the fire.

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

Chance of thunderstorms are in the forecast tomorrow. Firefighters are on high alert for dust devils that could throw internal embers outside containment lines.

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- 553-1146
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm

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