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Release Date: 05/30/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders 970-240-5399    
  Fire Information: (435) 619-1651 or (208) 866-2009    
  (Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)    

Sunrise Mine Fire Update (05-28-12)

Fire Facts:
Date started: May 25, 2012
Number of Personnel: Approx. 350
Location: SW of Gateway, Colorado
Crews:  6 Type 1 (Hotshots) and  5 Type 2
Size:  5200 acres
Engines:  9 
Percent Contained: 30%
Water Tenders:  1
Estimated Containment: Unknown
Helicopters:   1 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and  3 Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 0
Structures threatened:  3 residences
Cost to Date: Being Determined


Rich Harvey’s Type 1 Great Basin Team assumed command of the Sunrise Fire at 6:00 a.m. today from the local Type 3 Team.
Special Notice:
Buckeye Reservoir Road, R 1 Road and John Brown Road are closed to public access for public and firefighter safety. 
Today’s Events:
Firefighters will continue to construct and strengthen containment lines.   Efforts will be aided by helicopter water drops.  Firefighters may initiate burnout operations on the south side of the fire if weather conditions are favorable.  This type of strategy is utilized to burn fuel between the active fire and containment lines.  Structure protection is in place on private lands north of the fire in Sinbad Valley.   Firefighter and public safety are always the number one priority in conducting wildland firefighting operations.  Lighter winds are predicted for today with a gradual warming trend through this week.
Media Inquiries:  Fire information hotline (970) 240-1070; Direct contacts:  (435) 619-1651 or (208) 866-2009 (Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

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Last updated: 05-30-2012