Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update July 26, 2013 (8p.m.)
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 26, 2013 (8p.m.)
The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire is now 48,916 acres according to an infrared (IR) flight flown late last night. The fire is located on lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs east of U.S. Highway 26 near Warm Springs, Oregon. Growth during day shift was minimal.
Containment of the fire has been increased to 60%. The fire remains south of the S-330 road; east of the S-110 road along the western perimeter; northeast of Upper Dry Creek road; and north and west of the Deschutes River. The north (central) perimeter containment lines follow the S-340 road north to the S-300 road, then east along the S-300, S-370, and S-380 roads. Crews were supported by heavy helicopters dropping water then constructed handline north and east from road S-380 down a ridge to the Deschutes River south of North Junction.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, containment lines were completed around the entire perimeter of the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire. Crews have begun mopping-up and holding the established firelines and will continue to do so during the passage of the dry cold front this afternoon and into tomorrow. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (IIMT4) is cautiously optimistic that containment lines will hold through the passing cold front. In the event that the winds associated with the passing cold front cause the fire to cross primary containment lines, contingency firelines have been established north of the current fire perimeter.
Community members of Dant, North Junction, and the Deschutes Club, have been working closely with the Oregon IIMT 4 to create defensible space around their houses in addition to prepositioning their privately owned pumps, sprinklers, and hoses to aid in firefighting efforts, should the fire progress in their direction. Two task forces of engines are prepositioned on the east side of the Deschutes River in the unlikely event that winds cause the fire to jump the river.
With the passing of a cold front tonight into Saturday afternoon gusty winds from the north-northwest are forecasted at 15 to 20mph, with gusts to 30mph. Relative humidity is also predicted to remain low resulting in potential active fire behavior.
There are currently 954 resources assigned to suppressing the fire, on both night and day shifts.
Oregon IIMT 4 recognizes that smoky conditions from the fire affect people's health and lifestyles in different ways. Information on air quality and assessing health risks can be found at www.inciweb.org/incident/3548.
The Level 1 evacuation order remains in effect in the Schoolie Flat area. Oregon IIMT 4 continues to work with Warm Springs Police Department to assess the conditions daily to determine if/when the order can be lifted.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 48,916 acres
Kah-Nee-Ta Resort: The Village is open. Lodge is closed.
Warm Springs Area Evacuations: Charley Canyon area closed to the public.
Road Closures: Hwy 3 is closed to the public between Hwy 9 Jct (Simnasho Jct) and Hwy 8 Jct. Local residents are allowed access.
Location: Approximately 3-5 miles north of Warm Springs.
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