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Silver Creek Fire Update 9-14-18

Fire Statistics:
Fire Size Today: 9,472 acres
Containment: 53%
Cause: Natural/Lightning
Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Strategy: Full suppression
Location: 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO
Management: Type 3 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Erick Stahlin
Assigned Personnel: 175

Old Park and the Gore Lakes were evacuated today at 4:40 as fire activity and changing winds caused the fire to move past a Management Action Point (MAP). The incident commander and Grand County Sheriff ordered the evacuation due to concerns of safety.

Fire behavior was extreme yesterday, with group torching and crown runs, producing fire growth to 9,472 acres. Weather was hot and windy, with extremely low relative humidity that bottomed out at 7%. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast at least through the weekend.

The fire now has two active fronts. The more northerly began its northeastward spread through Buffalo Park on Wednesday, and continued its march to the northeast on Thursday, now within approximately 2 ½ miles of US Highway 40. The fire also sparked across Red Dirt Reservoir Thursday, spreading to the northeast in new terrain north of Latigo Guest Ranch. Fire crews are focused on structure protection in communities potentially affected by the fire. Air tankers and Type 1 and 3 helicopters will continue to provide air support today.

A large number of hunter camps had to be evacuated from north of the fire closure area as the fire gained momentum Wednesday. The Routt National Forest modified the Forest Closure Order Friday morning, expanding the closure area to provide for firefighter and public safety. The BLM Kremmling Field Office also implemented an area closure on BLM-administered lands west of US 40 and north of Colorado Highway 134. An evacuation order was issued Thursday by Grand County for the area including Milk Creek State Trust Lands in order to clear that area in the fire’s path of hunters.

The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team will assume command of the fire this evening.
Closures and Public Safety: Area closures exist on National Forest, BLM and State Trust Lands in the vicinity of the fire. All closure areas and maps can be found on the Silver Creek Fire’s InciWeb page whose link can be found below.

Latigo Guest Ranch and the Yost Ranch were evacuated Thursday.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for Routt National Forest System lands. Detailed information is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd585138.pdf.

For More Information:

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Yampa Ranger District: (970) 638-4516; Monday – Friday; 8:00 – 5:00