Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa remained closed Monday as firefighters continued to battle a large wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire on the reservation has scorched more than 20,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 40 homes.
“The situation now is fairly extreme,” said William Wilson, the assistant fire management officer for Warm Springs. He said the current weather outlook calls for continued dry and windy conditions.
That has fire managers preparing for the possibility the fire could grow even larger.
“We expect significant runs of an additional 5,000, 10,000 to 15,000 acres over the next couple of days,” Wilson said.
More resources will be arriving throughout the day. An Type 2 Incident Management Team out of La Grande is expected to take over operations by the end of the day.
Wilson said so far, the fire hasn’t damaged any homes. although it did burn one uninhabited building described as a old “homestead.”