Here is an update on the Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 8 AM 9/1/15:
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 fire burned 59 acres including 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 remains 100% contained. Fire-fighting crews continue to engage in 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 firefighting equipment and burned / rolling debris on the roadway. Utility crews will be in the area assessing utility infrastructure. 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: There are no evacuation orders in place.