Friday, August 11, 2017

Nena Springs Afternoon Fire Update for August 11

Sharing this update from the Nena Springs Fire...


August 11, 2017

The Nena Springs Fire started August 8th on private property adjacent to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation shortly after 5 p.m. The 34,000 acre fire is 4% contained. The Northwest Incident Management Team 12 as- sumed command of fire suppression activities today and additional re- sources are on the way.

 Today’s operations:

The new incident management team, working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Oregon De- partment of Forestry, is assessing the fire situation, ordering additional resources (including aircraft and ground-based forces) and beginning t coordinate fire suppression activities. Numerous engines and local fire- fighters are working hard to protect private property and community struc- tures. Thus far, several historic unoccupied structures and outbuilding have been lost.


Several areas within or near the fire area are under evacuation notices.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by the fire at this time, but are under a Level 1 evacuation notice.  This lets them know a fire is in the area and they should be aware of current and possible future conditions so that they can be ready to leave if necessary.

The Fish Hatchery Grade area is under a Level 2 evacuation notice. They should be set to evacuate when notified.

The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and have been requested to leave the area immediate- ly. A Red Cross shelter is established at the Warm Springs Community Center to support people displaced by the fire.

Road Closures

The S-300 Road is closed. Highway 3 is also closed, except for local resi- dents.

Caution Needed

Given the extremely dry conditions, grasses are ready to burn and ignite easily. A Red Flag Warning is in effect toay for high wind and additional lightning. Local fire fighting resources are prepared to respond to new starts.

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

SIZE:     34,000 acres


PERSONNEL:     240


  • 2 Helicopters
  • 3 DOZERS
  • 16 ENGINES

(Additional resources are on the way)


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