Sunnyside Turnoff Update 7/26/2013 8am
Incident: Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Wildfire
Sunnyside Turnoff Fire Daily Update
July 26, 2013 (8 a.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. Yesterday’s growth was about 1,760 acres, primarily along the N-NE perimeter.
Containment of the fire remains at 40%. 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. Growth of the fire yesterday in the North (central) to NE flanks forced new containment lines to be adopted. Starting in the North (central) these new lines follow the S-340 road north to the S-300 road, then east along the S-300/S-370 roads, then north to near the end of the S-390 road. At that point, hand line was constructed and re-constructed down a ridge to the north between Lousey and Eagle Creeks to the Deschutes River near Dant. Air tanker retardant drops were also used to strengthen the hand line.
This new containment approach in the NE area of the fire involves private lands, land managed by the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, and lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Night shift suppression activities focused on improving containment lines along the North (central) to NE flanks, using hand crews, dozers, and engines. Mop-up along fire lines was also continued from day shift in areas along the northern perimeter where fire conditions have cooled. The remaining fire perimeters were monitored and patrolled. Fire growth was minimal overnight.
Day operations will continue to focus on holding and improving containment lines to limit fire spread along the northern perimeter. Mop-up along fire lines will continue in areas along the northern perimeter where fire conditions have cooled. The remaining fire perimeters will be monitored and patrolled. Fire suppression specialists will be assessing structure protection needs in the Dant area.
A cold front pushing through the fire area today and tomorrow is forecasted to create more unstable conditions and active burning conditions due to stronger, gusty winds. As a result, fire growth is again anticipated to continue primarily to the northeast through and down out of the Mutton Mountains due to the combination of hot temperatures, low relative humidity, and afternoon N-NW winds up to 15-20 miles per hour, with gusts to 30.
There are currently 770 resources assigned to suppressing the fire, on both night and day shifts.
Oregon Team 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 Interagency Incident Management Team 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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