Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update July 27, 2013 (8 AM )
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 27, 2013 (8 a.m.)
The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire is now 49,039 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. The minimal growth was along the NE flank.
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. Yesterday, on the NE flank of the fire, crews supported by heavy helicopters dropping water, constructed handline north and east from road S-380 down a ridge to the Deschutes River south of North Junction. Crews burned out along the line as they progressed to provide depth and effectiveness to the containment.
Containment lines were completed around the entire perimeter of the fire yesterday afternoon. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (ORIIMT4) remains optimistic that containment lines will continue to 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 and east of the current fire perimeter.
With the passing of the cold front into this afternoon winds from the north-northwest are forecasted at 10 to 12 mph, with gusts to 20 mph. Relative humidity is also predicted to remain low resulting in potential active fire behavior.
Crews started mopping-up yesterday and through last night and holding the firelines. Mopup and holding the lines will remain the priority today. Fireline suppression rehabilitation will be started where lines are no longer needed for containment.
There are currently 954 resources assigned to suppressing the fire, on both night and day shifts. In response to a number of new fires started in other parts of Oregon and Washington, resources are starting to be released and re-assigned to other emerging fire suppression priorities.
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: 49,039 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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