Sunrise mine fire causes evacuations, road closures

Montrose, CO (KKCO) The Sunrise Mine fire ignited around 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 about four miles north of Paradox, Colo. On Saturday, over 3000 acres of private and public land has burned.

Fire crews have created defendable spaces around structures in the area and no structures have burned at this time.

Multiple resources are fighting this fire with personnel from the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit, Montrose County Posse, Paradox Volunteer Fire Department, Gateway Fire Department, Nucla/Naturita Volunteer Fire Department, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Upper Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Bureau of Land Management-Colorado and Utah.

"Due to high winds, we are discouraging the public from entering the area north of Paradox and the Buckeye Reservoir in order to ensure public safety," said Mike Davis, Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit fire manager.

The Montrose County Sheriff's Posse has evacuated the Buckeye Reservoir, Rock Creek and Sinbad Valley due to the Sunrise Mine fire burning about four miles north of Paradox, Colo. Additionally, the Montrose County Sheriff closed Buckeye Road, R1 Road and U5 Road.

For fire information and updates in the Montrose Interagency Fire Management unit, call the fire hotline at 970-240-1070.

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