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Sunrise fire grows to 16,000 acres, evacuations remain

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The Sunrise fire on 7.31.17 as seen from I-90. (photo credit: Cindy Bryson) The Sunrise fire on 7.31.17 as seen from I-90. (photo credit: Cindy Bryson)
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The Sunrise fire burning in Mineral County has grown to 16,200 acres and is 20% contained.

Residents in the Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek and Verde Creek areas remain under Stage 3 evacuation orders, meaning residents should leave the area. Meanwhile, the Stage 2 evacuation order also remains in effect for the Sunrise and Quartz Flat areas.

The Red Cross is prepared to open a shelter at Superior High School for evacuees if it is needed. A fire information line remains open daily from 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and can be reached at (406) 822-9084.

The area closure around the Sunrise Fire still includes the Trout Creek Road. Road blocks are in place near the Pellet Mill and Freezeout Road (#7813).

Burnout operations will continue Friday on the north side of the Quartz Creek drainage to reduce fuel loading around structures while firefighters will continue mop-up to secure fire perimeter around homes in Sunrise, Quartz Flats, and Verde Creek areas.

Dozens of structures remain threatened by the lightning sparked Sunrise fire that's burning 11 miles outside of Superior.

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