(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is mobilizing resources to assist with structural protection on the Nena Springs Fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation, pursuant to an existing agreement between the State of Oregon and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Officials report that the Nena Springs Fire started Aug. 8 on private property adjacent to Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Currently, the fire is reported at 34,000 acres and 4% contained. Approximately 105 structures are currently threatened, including those at Ka-Nee-Ta Resort and a nearby fish hatchery.
“The Warm Springs fire quickly spread, has already caused property damage, and continues to pose a threat to the local community,” said Governor Brown. “I ask residents to use caution and heed the guidance of local authorities, and to support efforts to contain the fire, I’ve directed the State Fire Marshal to make state resources available to the Warm Springs community.”
The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Scott Magers, has been activated, along with four firefighting task forces that will be deployed. Two task forces will arrive this evening for night operations and another two will arrive in time for daytime operations. Additionally, a Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Warm Springs Community Center for displaced residents.