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Nena Springs Fire

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Evacuation Notices Lower on the Nena Springs Fire
Warm Springs OR –This morning, Warm Springs Law Enforcement officers again reduced the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Evacuation Notice to a Level 1. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 1:02 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

45.048 latitude, -121.305 longitude

Incident Overview

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Evacuation Notices Lower on the Nena Springs Fire


Warm Springs OR –
This morning, Warm Springs Law Enforcement officers again reduced the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Evacuation Notice to a Level 1. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision were also reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. All roads except Webster Flat are open. If traveling , please be aware of fire traffic and drive safely.

Lighter wind today will slow fire growth. High temperatures are returning. This warmer weather will create dryer conditions. In the last two days, the fire has gained just over 19,000 acres, bringing the fire’s total to 66,003 acres.

With the size growth, firefighters are now working to keep the fire west of Deschutes River; south of Highway 216; east of Highway 26, and north of BIA Road 3. They are also working to keep it out of Beaver Creek Canyon. Their priority is to keep the public and firefighter safe during these intense periods of fire growth while also protecting structures, timber, natural resources, and visual resources.

Where possible, firefighters will take advantage of opportunities to use fire to fight the fire in order to create or strengthen containment lines. Structural engines will be supporting these efforts, and ensuring the fire does not threaten structures again.

Overnight, firefighters constructed a contingency dozer line along the northern flank of the fire where the new fire growth took place. Other firefighters worked containment lines where new fire growth took place to extinguish heat 50-100 feet inside the burned area. There was no new growth last night.

A large airtanker was used yesterday evening to strategically place a line of retardant along a ridgeline where the fire crossed the Warm Springs River. The fire ran less than a half mile before this action effectively stopped the run. Two Bureau of Land Management engines also successfully extinguished a fire that had grown a ¼ acre across the Deschutes River. They are in place working to prevent any fires from establishing east of the river.

The Deschutes River is open to rafters; however, Bureau of Land Management river rangers will stop rafters if a helicopter comes in to dip from the River. Smoke from the Nena Springs Fire may become visible over the river.

Evacuation Notices: Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are at a Level 2 Evacuation Notice. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa is at a Level 1 evacuation notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Webster Flat Road is closed to all traffic.

# FIRE MANAGEMENT #


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
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 Personnel300
Size66,003 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained40%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, dormant brush

Significant Events

Wind blew ember outside containment lines, gaining 6,000 acres. It is now approximately 46,000 acres.

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team was mobilized assist with protecting structures and building upon the work firefighters have already completed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

A flight will take place this morning to assess fire size.

Firefighters are working to keep the fire North of the Warm Springs River.

Projected Incident Activity

Running and torching in grass and juniper

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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