Update on Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 11 AM 8/31/15:
The Sunnyside Fire started on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned the area underneath the power lines just above the Sunnyside Road in the Skokomish Valley west of highway 101. The fire started at the bottom of the hill next to Sunnyside Road and burned north up the hill to the top of the ridge and east towards highway 101. The area burned by the fire is approximately 59 acres in size and burned a power line corridor and heavy timber. There are no reports of damage to structures in the area, but the fire damaged several wooden power poles. Crews from DNR, the Forest Service, local fire districts, and the Skokomish Tribe are working in partnership to manage the fire.
Dozers completed a fire containment line around the northern edge of the fire. Crews completed a hand dug containment line around the western and eastern perimeter of the fire. Due to these efforts and the continued wet weather the fire is now 100% contained. Fire-fighting crews continue to engaged in full fire suppression and mop-up efforts within the contained area. The local community can expect to experience ongoing smoky conditions from smoldering material.
Road Closures: The Sunnyside Road is closed to all traffic, except local traffic. Local traffic should use extreme caution when using Sunnyside Road, and watch for fire fighting equipment and burned / rolling debris on the roadway. The Skokomish River Road between Highway 101 and Sunnyside Road is also closed to traffic. Highway 101 traffic is being slowed through the area to avoid accidents while trucks are entering and exiting the Sunnyside Road. All other roads are open but the traveling public is asked to use caution while traveling through the area.
Evacuations: Residents were put on alert about the fire burning in the area but there are currently no evacuation orders in place.
Incident Commander Charley Burns, the local fire chiefs, and other overhead staff appreciate the support from all the hard working crews, assisting agencies, and the public during fire suppression efforts on the Sunnyside Fire.