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

Sunrise Mine fire partially contained (05-27-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. - The Sunrise Mine fire, about four miles north of Paradox, Colo., is about 30 percent contained.  Over 5,200 acres of public land have burned on the fire that ignited around 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Buckeye Road, R1 Road, U5 Road and John Brown Roads into the area are closed for public safety.  Additionally, the San Juan County Sherriff in Utah placed road closures at the Redds property line on the north and south sides.

Fire crews have created defendable spaces around structures in the area ,and no structures have burned. 

There are seven aircraft, six engines, three 20-person crews and about 20 overhead personnel on the scene.  Additional resources including a type one team are moving into the area.  Multiple resources are fighting this fire with personnel from the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit, Montrose County Sherriff’s Posse, Paradox Volunteer Fire Department, Gateway Fire Department, Nucla/Naturita Volunteer Fire Department, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit, the state of Colorado and the state of Utah.

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.

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Last updated: 05-30-2012