Sunrise Mine Fire Update

Press Release from Sunrise Mine Fire Public Information Officer:  June 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Sunrise Mine Fire Update
Rocky Basin 2 Incident Management Team
Incident Commander: Rich Harvey
For Immediate Release: June 1, 2012 8:00 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: 616
Location: SW of Gateway, Colorado
Crews: 11 Type 1 (Hotshots) and 8 Type 2
Size: 6,192 acres
Engines: 11
Percent Contained: 85%
Water Tenders: 12
Estimated Containment: June 3, 2012
Cause: Human (Specific cause inconclusive)
Dozers: 1
Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 3 Type 3
Structures threatened: 10 residences,
15 outbuildings/other
Injuries to Date: 2
Cost to Date: $2,449,543

Notice: No further morning updates will follow. Evening updates will continue until the fire is contained.

Special Notice:
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:
Firefighters plan to take full advantage of favorable atmospheric conditions today as they draw close to containment. Some crews are being relieved of their assignments in response to improving conditions. Crews will continue to monitor fire hazards and remain prepared to respond to fire threats. As always, firefighter and public safety is the number one priority in conducting wildland firefighting operations.