Sunrise Mine Fire Update

Press Release from Sunrise Mine Public Information Officers - May 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Sunrise Mine Fire Update
Rocky Basin 2 Incident Management Team
Incident Commander: Rich Harvey
For Immediate Release: May 30, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (435) 619-1651 or(208) 866-2009
Email:; subject line “Info”
(Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)

Fire Facts:
Date started: May 25, 2012
Number of Personnel: Approx. 552
Location: SW of Gateway, Colorado
Crews: 10 Type 1 (Hotshots) and 8 Type 2
Size: 6,017 acres
Engines: 5
Percent Contained: 48%
Water Tenders: 7
Estimated Containment: June 3, 2012
Helicopters: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 3 Type 3
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries to Date: 2
Structures threatened: 10 residences
15 outbuildings/other

Cost to Date: $1,200,000
Special Notice:
Buckeye Reservoir Road, R 1 Road and John Brown Road are closed to public access for public and firefighter safety. An area of closure is in effect for Carpenter Ridge in Colorado and Utah, Sinbad Ridge in Colorado and Utah, Buckeye Basin to include the Buckeye Campground, and all Manti-La Salle National Forest Lands in Colorado north of Willow Basin Creek/Buckeye Creek to include forest roads 54135, 50377, 50371, 50378, 54150, 54755, 54145, 50373, 50358, 54755, 54148, 54132 and forest trail 50965.

Today’s Events:
Crews will be working to completely secure the north flank of the fire. A wind shift to the north is expected today which will assist firefighters on the northwest corner of the fire, but may create more difficult conditions for those working on the eastern edge along Sinbad Ridge. Firefighters will be constructing line on the canyon rim north of Roc Creek on the east flank of the fire and will work to improve and strengthen lines on the south flank. Crews will evaluate and prepare to provide structure protection for structures northwest of Buckeye Reservoir near the old landing strip.