The Nena Springs Wildfire held at 40,000 acres yesterday (8/13/17) and is now listed at 60% containment. There are 444 personnel on the fire which is burning in grass, dormant brush and timber slash.
The north end of the Nena Springs Fire continued to expand to the east Saturday reaching the Deschutes River near the Dant area, but did not cross the river. Light rain showers fell Saturday night and into Sunday morning as a weak cold front moved through. The rains and cooler temperatures helped slow the fires progression.
Structure protection resources have made good progress around the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon reducing evacuation levels Saturday evening. The Red Cross Shelter which was established at the Warm Springs Community Center closed yesterday.
Yesterday additional resources allowed further mop up around structures and developed control lines. Focus yesterday was on the northeast and eastern edge of the fire with challenging terrain in the in the Nena Creek drainage and Deschutes River Canyon.
With the progress being made on containment, last night will be the last night shift for firefighters.