Simnasho Fire on Warm Springs Reservation at 1,249 acres, 40% contained


Update, Monday 8:00 a.m. 

The Simnasho Fire has burned 1,249 acres and is 40% contained.

The west, north and Eastern flanks remained solid with firefighters working their way inward.

Crews worked Sunday to maintain the line on the South Flank. There was one more spot fire south of the Warm Springs River during the night that was 200 square feet.

The main area of concern is the southern flank along the Warm Springs River. That southern flank will remain the focus Monday.

There are no evacuations at this time. 

Update, Sunday 1:03 p.m.:

The Simnasho Fire has burned 1,249 acres and is 25% contained as of 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

It is burning in timber and grasses on the Warm Springs Reservation about 5 miles west of Simnasho and 2 miles east of HWY 26.

There are no evacuations or road closures at this time.

HWY 9 is limited to local and fire traffic only.

Previous Update, Saturday 10:40 a.m.:

A fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation that started on Friday, July 21st around 6:00pm and temporarily closed part of Highway 26 has grown to 1200 acres.

The cause is still unknown and fire crews worked throughout the night to get a rough line around the fire limiting it to East of Hwy 26, South of Hwy 9, West of Hwy 450, and North of the Warm Springs river.
Additional resources have been called in from around the region to assist Warm Springs crews including engines and hand crews.
Burning is mostly in tall seasonal grasses and bushes with a mix of Junipers and Pines.
It’s reported that the fire swept mostly through the underbrush and grasses when in the mature pine grounds.
Traffic is limited on Hwy 9 and 3 to local residents and fire crews.
The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
Previous Story:

A fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation that temporarily closed part of Highway 26 was reported to be at least 400 acres as of late Friday night.

According to a post by Warm Springs Fire Management on Facebook, the Simnasho Fire was burning in grass and brush Friday. Swift, hot winds were pushing it to the east toward Simnasho.

There was no estimate given about containment.

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Warm Springs Fire Management was fighting the fire for several hours Friday night with a Type 3 team being called in to assist with resources including engines, hand crews and aerial support, if needed.

Warm Springs Police issued a “Get Ready” notice for evacuation for Simnasho residents.

After a temporary closure, Warm Springs Police said a Highway 26 was re-opened. Highway 3 and Highway 9 were open only to local, residential traffic.


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