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Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (KOIN) Fire officials said the Nena Springs Fire grew from 3,700 acres Wednesday morning to 21,000 acres Thursday afternoon. just off of the north end of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. According to theNorthwest Interagency Coordination Center, this fire was cause by humans.
The Nena Springs Fire grew to more than 16,000 acres by Wednesday night, Aug. 9, 2017 (Courtesy photo: Misty Suppah Jay) The Nena Springs Fire grew to more than 16,000 acres by Wednesday night, Aug. 9, 2017 (Courtesy photo: Misty Suppah Jay)
“We are going to try to keep it out of the Warm Springs drainage,” Donahue said.
One home in an isolated area burned down overnight Wednesday.
“He’s a local and it was pretty devastating,” local store employee Elizabeth Simtustus said. “His house has been there forever.”
Simtustus has been helping people navigate around the fire. She said this is her fourth experience with a wildfire in Simnasho and she is also on alert for evacuation.
The American Red Cross set up an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center. Two evacuees were housed there overnight Wednesday and several others stayed at campgrounds.
Marden Mull, Shelter Manager: We opened up last night at approximately 7:00. We had 2 people that were logged in last night.
There are 17 active wildfires burning in the Northwest, many of them in Oregon. Firefighters are currently fighting fire with fire in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness, where the Whitewater Fire is burning nearly 6,000 acres.
Marion County leaders hope their strategy of using controlled burns to clear our fuel for this wildfire will reduce the smoke in the air while the solar eclipse happens on August 21.