BLM Logo
Release Date: 05/30/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-462-1009    

Sunrise Mine fire burning north of Paradox (05-26-12)

MONTROSE, Colo.- The Sunrise Mine fire ignited around 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 about four miles north of Paradox, Colo.  Today, over 2000 acres of public land has burned, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There are 10 engines on the scene with additional resources moving into the area. 

Fire crews have created defendable spaces around structures in the area and no structures have burned at this time.  Information about the containment and control times are not available at this time.

Multiple resources are fighting this fire with personnel from the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit, Montrose County Posse, Paradox Volunteer Fire Department, Gateway Fire Department, Nucla/Naturita Volunteer Fire Department, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Upper Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado and Utah.

“Due to high winds, we are discouraging the public from entering the area north of Paradox and the Buckeye Reservoir in order to ensure public safety,” said Mike Davis, Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit fire manager.

For fire information and updates in the Montrose Interagency Fire Management unit, call the fire hotline at 970-240-1070. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  2465 South Townsend Avenue      Montrose, CO 81401  

Last updated: 05-30-2012