Fire Daily Update July 24, 2013 (8 PM )
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 24, 2013 (8 p.m.)
The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire is now 45,491 acres according to an infrared (IR) flight flown early this morning. The fire is located on lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs east of U.S. Highway 26 near Warm Springs, Oregon. Yesterday’s growth was about 5,800 acres, primarily along the N-NW perimeter.
Containment of the fire remains at 40%. The fire remains south of the S-330 road and east of the S-110 road along the western perimeter. The remainder of the fire stayed northeast of Upper Dry Creek road, and north and west of the Deschutes River.
The Level 1 evacuation order remains in effect in the Schoolie Flat area. Oregon Interagency Incident Management 4 continues to work with Warm Springs Police Department to assess the conditions daily to determine if/when the order can be lifted.
Day operations again experienced active fire behavior. The NW and NE flanks continue to be areas of concern with potential to spread. Ground and air resources concentrated on improving containment lines to limit fire spread in these areas.
Night shift suppression activities will continue to focus on improving and establishing defendable containment lines along the NW to NE flanks. Specifically, holding the fire east of Road S-110, south of Roads S-330/S-300, south of Roads S-370/S-380 and west of Road S-200 is the priority for tonight. Contingencies continue to be developed in the event the fire crosses east of the Deschutes River and for fire containment in the NE flank.
Fire growth is again anticipated to continue primarily to the north into the Mutton Mountains due to hot temperatures, low relative humidities, and afternoon N-NW winds up to 10-12 miles per hour. Overnight humidity recovery is expected to be slightly better tonight.
There are currently 756 resources assigned to suppressing the fire, on both night and day shifts.
Highway 3 (south from U.S. Hwy 26) and Highway 8 into the Kah-Nee-Ta resort area plans to re-open at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, July 25).