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Sunrise fire at over 17,000 acres

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Smoke column rising from upper Verde Creek area (photo credit: Kim Smolt) Smoke column rising from upper Verde Creek area (photo credit: Kim Smolt)

Th Sunrise fire burning outside of Superior is now at a little over 17,200 acres burned and evacuation orders remain in effect.

Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek, Trout Creek along the Diamond Match Road and Verde Creek are currently in Stage III mandatory evacuation. The Sunrise and Quartz Flat areas have been lowered to Stage II evacuation. Riverbend is also under a Stage II evacuation order.

The area closure around the Sunrise Fire now includes Trout Creek Road (#250). Road blocks are in place near the Pellet Mill (lower Trout Creek) and at the upper Trout Creek Road intersection with Road #7813 , near the Divide.

Burnout operations will continue on the north side of the Quartz Creek, Cougar and Trout Creek drainages on Saturday, bringing fire downslope. Engine crews will patrol for new spot fires and continue mop-up activities to secure fire perimeter around homes in Sunrise, Quartz Flats, Cougar Flats and Verde Creek areas.

A fire information phone line at (4060 822-9084 is available from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

There is a community meeting scheduled for the Sunrise and Burdette Fires on Saturday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Lozeau Lodge.

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