Local firefighters train for ice rescues, which they say could be more common with central Oregon’s unseasonably warm weather.
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.
With several feet of snow stacked up across Central Oregon, the next big concern is flooding.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with city officials about how they’re preparing for the warmer temperatures this week, and what happens when all of that snow starts melting.