Friday, August 11, 2017

An update for the Nena Fire on Warm Springs Indian Reservation

The #NenaFire started Aug. 8 on private property adjacent to Warm Springs Indian Reservation Oregon shortly after 5pm. The 23,000 acre fire is now 4% contained.

Today at 6am, the Northwest Team 12 takes command of the Nena Fire.

There are 114 firefighters from the CTWS - Fire Management and surrounding area managing the wind-driven fire burning in short grass, brush, slash and timber. Fire management is requesting additional firefighters, equipment and supplies.

Level 3 evacuations were triggered today affecting 40 homes in the Schoolie Flats and S-300 subdivisions. The town of Simnasho is at a level 2 notice, meaning residents should be prepared to evacuate when requested by Warm Springs Police Department.

A Red Cross shelter is established at the Warm Springs Community Center for displaced community members. People are donating gasoline, moving horses and are trying to help one another.

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the BIA Warm Springs Agency provided a situational update to a larger incident management team at noon today. The 40 person team is assessing the situation in preparation for taking command of the fire tomorrow morning. They bring with them additional resources that will assist the local community with putting this fire out safely and as quickly as possible.

A 7-mile radius temporary flight restriction is in place to protect aircraft working on the fire.

Given the extremely dry conditions, grasses are ready to burn and ignite easily. A burn ban is in effect across the Warm Springs Reservation and Oregon set the Industrial Precaution Level (IDL) to 4, meaning logging operations are not allowed.

Please be mindful of these dangerous conditions and do not use anything that could cause a spark. #OneLessSparkIsOneLessWildfire

A fire information center will be established tomorrow. The phone number will be 541.460.7525. An email address to reach Fire Information will be

Nena Fire Information
Office: 541.460.7525

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