High winds expected to result in dangerous fire conditions on Colorado West Slope, Plains
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Sunrise Mine Fire , burning on U.S. Forest Service and BLM lands just a few miles from Paradox, Colorado near the Utah border, has quickly grown to 2,000 acres, according BLM spokesperson Shannon Borders.
The fire started at about 5 p.m. Friday and the cause is still under investigation. So far, 10 fire engines are on-scene with more firefighting resources en route, Borders said early Saturday morning.
The area where the fire is burning is included in a high-wind watch area, where sustained winds of 40 mph and higher gusts could drive the fire north.
Borders said firefighters have been able to establish defensible space around some scattered homes and ranch structures in the area.