Nena Springs Fire evacuations lifted
A strong force of firefighters is working toward increasing the containment of the Nena Springs Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation.
Until moisture arrives over the fire, containment will remain 75 percent. Its final footprint is expected to remain 68,135 acres.
Law enforcement officers have lifted all evacuation notices on the Nena Springs Fire.
The fire, which started Aug. 8, seven miles northeast of Simnasho, affects the Charley Canyon, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point subdivisions.
The Webster Flat Road is also now open to the public; however, heavy fire traffic in the area still remains. People are asked to stay away from the area if possible to reduce the risk to fire equipment still using those roads to complete their work.
Firefighters are still finding dead and downed logs smoldering in the higher elevations. While those hot spots do not pose a threat to containment lines, firefighters are using a light helicopter to drop water to remove as much heat as possible.
They are also picking up hoses, pumps and other fire-related equipment that is no longer needed.
There are still 240 firefighters assigned to the fire, who make up four crews, and 24 engines. Additional leadership and support staff are in place providing organization to the small group that is still working at the Incident Command Post, located at Warm Springs Fire Management.
As work on the fire is again wrapping up, plans are under way to begin releasing resources to assist area fires. The process was expected to begin Aug. 23 and 24, when a transfer of command will occur to a smaller organization.
A chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast Wednesday. Those conditions are putting firefighters on high alert, as it is the same environment that created a dust devil that blew an ember from the fire's interior five days ago.
That event re-ignited the fire, blowing it up to 19,000 acres before firefighters could catch it again.
As the eclipse events taking place in Warm Springs wrap up, there are still a lot of traffic concerns for emergency responders. Patience with flaggers and emergency responders is appreciated.