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Ember causes Nena Springs Fire to grow; shelter-in-place order at Kah-Nee-Ta

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WARM SPRINGS, OR (KPTV) -

An ember “blew out of containment lines” and caused the Nena Springs Fire to grow by 6,000 acres, leading to a shelter-in-place order at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa.

The fire has now burned 46,000 acres in the Warm Springs area.

It was thought to be nearly contained earlier this week, but firefighters said it grew again Thursday.

By 10 p.m. Thursday, the fire had jumped Highway 3 at Fish Hatchery Grade.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from crossing the Warm Springs River or burning any buildings.

Driven by high winds, the fire tore through grass and brush over Indian Head Canyon and through Charlie Canyon, then moved a mile east past Kah-Nee-Ta.

A Level 3 evacuation order was issued for the resort, as well as for Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge and Wolf Point Subdivision.

It was planned earlier in the week that if a Level 3 notice was issued for Kah-Nee-Ta, people there would shelter in place. 

"Just trying to keep the guests calm, letting everyone know that we have full confidence in incident command and the individuals that are fighting the fires on the ground, in the air and everywhere in-between," said Cruz Bocanegra of the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. 

By Friday afternoon, the fire had moved on from the immediate Kah-Nee-Ta area. Bocanegra said Kah-Nee-Ta is open for business and expecting big crowds for the eclipse, including more than 250 travelers arriving from Japan on Saturday. 

Firefighters said they are working to make sure everyone gets to their destinations safely. 

"We're working with those guests to make sure they can get through the road blocks and to be able to get to the resort and still be able to have a fun-filled weekend," said Rich Tyler with the Oregon Fire Marshal's Office. 

The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for evacuees in the area.

Highway 3 was closed to School Flats, Highway 8 was shut down to Ka-Nee-Ta Village and Webster Flat Road and the Culpus Bridge are closed to all traffic.

The Nena Springs Fire is now considered to be at 40 percent containment.

Elsewhere, the Milli Fire continues burning near Sisters. That fire is threatening hundreds of homes and has led to evacuation orders. It was last believed to be around 4,600 acres. 

Fire officials warn people traveling for the eclipse to be aware of the wildfires in central Oregon and plan accordingly. 

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