Philomath Fire & Rescue sent five firefighters to the Nena Springs fire near Warm Springs. Michael Bowman, Bryan Crocker, Victor Haney, Levi Schell and Doug Lilja were dispatched to the blaze and four of of them returned Tuesday with Lilja, who was serving in a supervisory role, back Wednesday. In all, there were nearly 300 firefighters working the scene as they work toward complete containment.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal reported this morning that accurate mapping showed the final size of the fire at 39,526 acres.
Cool evenings with high humidity effectively killed most of the remaining fire threat. At last word, firefighters were "cold trailing" and ensuring the area does not pose a threat.
It's good to see our local firefighters doing their part and getting home safely.
UPDATE: Thursday afternoon, an ember from the Nena Springs fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Thursday night, the fire jumped Highway 3 and the most recent information indicated that it had not crossed Warm Springs River to threaten structures.
The fire's size as of Friday morning was approximately 46,000 acres and it was 40 percent contained. Although it was possible Philomath & Fire could send personnel back to the scene, a source at the station said it was unlikely because of the high risk situation here at home associated with eclipse visitors.