Evacuations upgrading for Trout Creek area near Sunrise Fire


MISSOULA, Mont. - Residents in the Trout Creek area near Superior are now under Stage 2 evacuation warning due to the Sunrise Fire. Effective Saturday at 7 a.m. Trout Creek Road will be in Stage 3.

Two additional areas will be in Stage 2 evacuation starting at 8 a.m. -- the Riverbend area and Diamond Match Road from the overpass to the pellet mill.

Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek and Verde Creek are already in Stage 3 evacuation. Sunrise and Quartz Flat are in Stage 2 evacuation.

The Red Cross has a shelter at Superior High School for evacuees.

There is a community meeting scheduled for the Sunrise and Burdette fires Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fire personnel will provide current fire information and discuss implications of the Red Flag Warning anticipated this weekend. The meeting will be streamed on Facebook.

The Sunrise Fire is burning more than 16,200 acres and sits at 20 percent containment.


The following information was provided by Inciweb:

According to Inciweb, engine crews are patrolling for spots. Day operations will continue to secure fire perimeter around structures in Sunrise Creek and Verde Creek. Mop-up will continue. Aviation resources will be used to reinforce ground efforts and in inaccessible terrain. Burnout operations continue in Quartz Creek. Structure prep is occurring in in Cougar Creek and Riverbend.

A Stage 3 evacuation order is in place for the Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek and Verde Creek Zones, as set by the Incident Population Protection Plan. An area closure around the Sunrise Fire is from Cedar Creek south to Forest Service Road #341 is in effect. All roads contained within this boundary are closed. The Red Cross is prepared to provide shelter at Superior High School for evacuees. Superior and Ninemile Rural Fire Departments assisted to patrol the north side of the river for new fire starts. Turman's Type 1 IMT is managing both the Sunrise and Burdette Fires. All new overhead costs are charged to the Sunrise Fire.