Sunrise Mine Update
Incident: Sunrise Mine Wildfire
Sunrise Mine Fire Update
Rocky Basin 2 Incident Management Team
Incident Commander: Rich Harvey
For Immediate Release: May 29, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Fire Information: (435) 619-1651 or(208) 866-2009
Email: email@example.com; subject line "Info"
(Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
Date started: May 25, 2012
Number of Personnel: Approx. 552
Location: SW of Gateway, Colorado
Crews: 10 Type 1 (Hotshots) and 8 Type 2
Size: 6,017 acres
Percent Contained: 48%
Water Tenders: 7
Estimated Containment: June 3, 2012
Helicopters: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 3 Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 2
Structures threatened: 10 residences
Cost to Date: $1,200,000
Buckeye Reservoir Road, R 1 Road and John Brown Road are closed to public access for public and firefighter safety. An area of closure is in effect for Carpenter Ridge in Colorado and Utah, Sinbad Ridge in Colorado and Utah, Buckeye Basin to include the Buckeye Campground, and all Manti-La Salle National Forest Lands in Colorado north of Willow Basin Creek/Buckeye Creek to include forest roads 54135, 50377, 50371, 50378, 54150, 54755, 54145, 50373,50358, 54755, 54148, 54132 and forest trail 50965.
Firefighters completed containment lines along the north perimeter of the fire. Dense fuels and difficult terrain are hampering suppression in the northwestern part of the fire along Roc Creek. Heavy helicopters are being used to drop water on hot areas to make it safer for crews to enter. Small spike camps were established at several points near the fire lines so crews do not have a long and potentially hazardous commute to and from the fire every day. Food and other support for firefighters in spike camps are being provided by the base camp.
A forecast wind shift to the north tomorrow will assist firefighters on the northwest corner of the fire, but may create more difficult conditions for those working on the eastern edge along Sinbad Ridge. Crews will evaluate and prepare to provide structure protection for structures northwest of Buckeye Reservoir near the old landing strip.
A public information meeting was held in the community of Gateway this evening. Officials briefed local residents and answered questions about the fire. For maps and more fire information please go to file:///E:/fire/Sunrise%20Mine%20Fire/www.inciweb.org/incident/2877/.