Warm Springs Fire Management reports that two structures were lost in the Nena Springs Fire overnight – one home and one outbuilding. There are currently 70 homes on a level two evacuation notice. The fire is now estimated at 17,000 acres. They report that the fire may possibly be in the Beaver Creek Drainage. Local crews stayed on the fire overnight and resources have been slowly coming in. In addition to the type-2 incident management team coming in at noon today, Fire Management is expecting more resources, including our own Warm Springs Hot Shots – who have been demobilized from a fire in Eastern Oregon – to arrive today.
The fire was reported Tuesday afternoon, starting just off of the reservation near the northern boundary past Simnasho. Extreme fire behavior on Wednesday caused the fire to quickly grow and advance toward the Simnasho and Schoolie Flats areas. Local engines and crews have been working on the fire. Mutual aid assistance from the Central Oregon Task Force has been helping to protect structures.
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region have established a temporary shelter located at the Warm Springs Community Center. Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help. The Red Cross is providing resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.