Here is an update on the Sunnyside Fire burning in the Skokomish Valley as of 9 AM 9/2/15:
The Sunnyside Fire started Thursday evening, August 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm. The fire burned underneath power lines 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 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 cool wet weather, the fire remains 100% contained. Fire-fighting crews continue to engage in fire suppression and mop-up efforts on “hot spots” within the contained area. The local community can expect ongoing smoky conditions from smoldering material. The severity of this fire incident may be lowered from a Type 3 to a Type 4 on Thursday. Crews will remain on site
Road Closures: Sunnyside Road is closed to the public, except for local traffic. Recreationists should avoid the area through the extended Labor Day weekend. 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 the general public. Highway 101 traffic should use caution traveling through the area, as trucks and equipment will be entering and exiting Sunnyside Road. All other roads are open but the traveling public is asked to use caution.
Evacuations: There are no evacuation orders in place.