Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Update
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #4
Brian J. Watts, Incident Commander
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 24, 2013 (8 a.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. The large change in acreage from yesterday is primarily due to an omission of the areas burned in the first several days of the fire. Actual growth yesterday was about 5,800 acres, primarily along the N-NW perimeter.
Containment of the fire is now 40%. The fire moved further into the Mutton Mountains in the last 24 hours but 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.
An initial evacuation notice (Level 1) was given last night by tribal police to residents in the Schoolie Flats area adjacent to the northwest flank of the fire. This alert means residents should be aware of fire risk in their area and begin to prepare for evacuation in the event that conditions worsen.
Night operations made good progress preparing control lines and conducting burnout operations to contain the fire along the northern perimeter.
Today's suppression activities will continue to focus on improving and/or establishing defendable containment lines along the NW to NE flanks. Hand crews, dozers, and engines will utilize existing roads where possible and build additional hand and dozer lines as needed. Burnout may also be used to improve containment in these areas. Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters will continue to support suppression activities. Remaining perimeters will be in patrol and monitor status. Contingencies continue to be developed in the event the fire crosses east of the Deschutes River.
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 15 miles per hour. Overnight humidity recovery was low and continues to affect continued growth.
There are currently 565 resources assigned to suppressing the fire, on both night and day shifts.
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Fire at a Glance
Size: 45,491 acres
Warm Springs Area Evacuations: Kah-Nee-Ta Resort area and Charley Canyon area closed to public.
Road Closures: Hwy 3 closed to the public: at Jct of Hwy 3/Hwy 9 (Simnasho Jct) and at MP 6.5 (Wolfe Point Jct) coming north out of Warm Springs. Hwy 8 closed to the public at Hwy 8/Hwy 3 Jct (road into Kah-Nee-Ta Resort). Local residents are allowed access.
Location: Approximately 3-5 miles north of Warm Springs.
Fire Information Number:
CTWS Fire Management