At 2 p.m. Sunday, Wilson said the fire had slowed down on most of the perimeter, though some areas were showing more active fire behavior. He said the fire jumped the Warm Springs River by the Hwy. 3 bridge, burning on about 50 acres, but two crews and a heavy helicopter were getting "a good handle on it."
An overnight power outage hit the entire reservation around the same time as the resort guests were evacuated, though it was restored Sunday morning. The lodge itself has been closed since Thursday night due to an unrelated kitchen and attic fire that caused about $150,000 damage.
The Indian Head Casino along U.S. Highway 26 also was closed Sunday due to the power issues, Wilson said, but he stressed that the casino, highway and town of Warm Springs were not close to or threatened by the blaze, and the highway was fully open for travelers.
Meanwhile, crews tackled a 40-60 acre spot fire to the west Sunday, Wilson said, as temperatures climbed back toward 100 degrees on the second day of the fight.
Kristan Shobe said they were staying at the resort's RV park Saturday night and awakened at 2 a.m. Sunday to evacuate.
"It was a little unnerving, to say the least," Shobe wrote on KTVZ's Facebook page.
Kelly Hardgrave was staying in one of the resort village's teepees when the evacuation happened early Sunday. She said they had been told "that IF we were evacuated, we'd have a few hours' notice."
"But at 2 a.m. they came by and said NOW!," said Hardgrave, who shared a photo of the fiery view from the parking lot, taken as they evacuated.
"My 6-year-old didn't make it out with his shoes -- we bolted," she wrote. "Bikes and all camping stuff still at the teepee."
Cigarette may have started blaze
The human-caused, possibly sparked by a cigarette, was spotted around 10 a.m. Saturday and over the next few hours exploded across a wide area on a hot, windy afternoon, said Wilson said.
The wildfire moved fast across the rolling terrain of grass and sagebrush, prompting closure of BIA Highway 3 on the reservation, between Holliday Way and BIA Highway 8.
Earlier Sunday, Wilson said that if the burnouts work, the containment number could rise Sunday, but added that the fire "will reach 12,000 acres and perhaps 15,000" before it's stopped.
Wilson said much of the fire's growth late Saturday was tied to burnouts aimed at robbing the blaze of fuel, "although there was an escape that added some acreage."
The fire had been mapped using GPS at 6,400 acres (or 10 square miles) at 6 p.m. Saturday, and a new measurement was planned Sunday, if smoke lifted enough.
The fire stayed active well after nightfall after a day in which temperatures topped 100 degrees, but firefighters had managed to protect the structures and none were reported lost.
A mini-fire camp was set up Saturday night for 130 people, with fresh crews coming from across the region and state to help out exhausted local crews.
Around 10:30 p.m., Wilson said a major "firing" operation was underway in the Sunnyside subdivision, with crews and engines burning out a bulldozer line to try to keep the flames from reaching homes in the area.
Wilson warned residents to expect "a lot of flames and orange" overnight but that it was being done to protect the homes, and said no evacuations were "imminent yet."
Fire covers 10 square miles in 14 hours
In his 11:30 p.m. Saturday update posted to Facebook, Wilson told Sunnyside residents, "be prepared for an organized retreat if things go not as planned." He also said Kah-Nee-Ta was being put on alert at that time due to the expanding fire perimeter.
By midnight, Wilson said the fire was estimated at 10,000 acres -- that's more than 15 square miles.
"The sheer size is becoming problematic," he told NewsChannel 21, "with structure protection a priority. ... other equipment and support services are being mobilized. Containment is zero so far."
Earlier, Williams said the fire was likely to reach the banks of the Deschutes and Warm Springs rivers as the heat and winds return on Sunday.
Some homes along Dry Creek Road were evacuated Saturday afternoon, as was the Dry Creek campground.
Wilson said the blaze also approached homes in the Sunnyside and Wolfe Point communities, but those 70 to 100 homes were out of danger later Saturday.
No injuries have been reported.
Three structural task forces of outside fire crews were called up to protect homes as about 120 initial firefighters, two air tankers dropping retardant and a water-dropping helicopter worked to stop the blaze.
The regional structural task force of firefighters from across Central Oregon was called out Saturday evening to help protect homes from the blaze. Redmond and Black Butte did personnel callbacks to staff the units.
And across much of Central Oregon, smoke blowing southward from the fire could easily be seen as a thick layer of brown on the eastern horizon before sunset Saturday.
Warm Springs radio station KWSO reported around 8 p.m. that Central Oregon Task Force 2 was activated for more structural support as crews conducted a back-burn along Hwy. 3 from Webster Flat Road to Highway 8. More engine crews were brought in to defend the Wolfe Point subdivision, "just in case."
The fire was moving slowly down Eagle Butte toward the Warm Springs River and the reservation's fish hatchery.