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State Resources Arrive to Fight the 34,000 Acre Fire Burning North of Warm Springs

More than 100 firefighters from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal arrived on Friday to battle the Nena Springs Wildfire. The fire started on private property next to the Warm Springs Reservation on Tuesday and tripled in size by Thursday morning. As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the fire is only 4% contained.

On Friday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, but none of them were primary homes. One unoccupied home was burned on Wednesday when the fire grew over 20,000 acres, and several historic unoccupied outbuildings were destroyed in the first three days. The Schoolie Flats, Simnasho and S-300 subdivisions are all under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and been requested to leave immediately.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by tghe fire at this time, but they are all under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice, meaning they should be ready to leave if necessary.
The Northwest incident Management Team 12 has assumed command of the fire suppression activities and remind area residents that we are still under a Red Flag Warning with the possibility of high wind and additional lightning.

The S-300 road is closed, and Highway 3 is closed, except for local residents.

Warm Springs Blaze Grows by Thousands of Acres

A wildfire that started on Tuesday north of Warm Springs has tripled in size in the past 48 hours, and has now burned more than 21,000 acres. Late this afternoon, another Level Three Evacuation Order was given for 48 homes in the Schooly Flats Subdivision.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has the latest details on the Nena Springs Fire.

Supper Club: Addressing Concerns for the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

 For this week’s Supper Club, Roger JohnsonKristine McConnell, and Bill Duerden tackled the potential effects that the upcoming 2017 Solar Eclipse may have on Central Oregon.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Warm Springs Fire Rages in Radio Station’s Backyard

A blown transformer sparked a wildfire behind the Indian Head Casino late Sunday night that quickly spread towards KWSO, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation Oregon radio station.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how the fast-moving flames threatened the offices and studio before fire crews came to the rescue.

New Interagecy Center To Make Fire Fighting More Efficient

Between droughts, above average temperatures and high winds, Central Oregon is always one spark away from a potentially devastating wildfire. That’s why communication between all of the fire agencies has become so important.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at a new dispatch center in Redmond that could mean the difference between life and death during wildfire season.