Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Update
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #4
Brian Watts, Incident Commander
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 22, 2013 (10 p.m.)
The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire has now grown to over 20,000 acres The fire is located on lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs east of U.S. Highway 26 near Warm Springs, Oregon. Containment of the fire stands at 20%. Currently the fire lies south of the Mutton Mountains, northeast of Upper Dry Creek road, and north and west of the Deschutes River.
Highway 3 is closed to public travel at milepost 15 (heading south from Simnasho) and near milepost 6.5 (north of U.S. Highway 26 out of Warm Springs). Evacuations remain in place for the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Charley Canyon areas.
There are currently 329 resources assigned to suppressing the fire. Firefighters are working both night and day shifts in pursuit of containing the fire.
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (OR IIMT4), working for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, took over command of the fire at 6 p.m. this evening. Team 4 Incident Commander, Brian Watts, commended initial and extended attack resources this afternoon for their safe and hard work. Watts' attributed the protection of the facilities at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and homes throughout the fires’ path to “aggressive firefighting” since the fire started at about 10 a.m. on June 20 along Highway 3. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Incident Command Post (ICP) is being set-up near the Warm Springs Fire Management building adjacent to Highway 3.