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Release Date: 05/31/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders: 970-240-5399    

Sunrise Mine Fire Cause Inconclusive (05-31-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s fire investigators examined the cause of the Sunrise Mine Fire that started Friday, May 25.  The results of the investigation were inconclusive, and an official cause was not determined.

“We were able to determine that lightning was not a factor based on lighting reports in the area,” said Barbara Sharrow, BLM Uncompahgre field manager.

The Rocky Basin 2 Incident Management Team continues to manage the fire that has burned over 6,000 acres and is 70 percent contained. Total containment is expected by Sunday, June 3.

For more information about the Sunrise Mine fire, call 970-240-1070 or go to

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: 05-31-2012