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Silver Creek Fire Update 9-15-18

0 Structures lost
0 Civilian injuries
Fire Size: 10,559 acres
Containment: 35%
Assigned Personnel: 275

The Silver Creek Fire made a push to the northeast on Thursday, September 13 and is now 10,559 acres in size, with a 35% containment. Prior to the push, the containment had been estimated at 76%.

The Rocky Mountain (Type II) Incident Management Blue Team has assumed command of the fire, with Michael Haydon as the Incident Commander. “Our team plans on building largely on the previous successes of the local Type III organization,” says Haydon.

As an incident increases or wanes in complexity, different typed organizations may be needed to manage an incident safely. The complexity of the Silver Creek fire has changed due to weather patterns and topography.

With the recent push, fire operations personnel have decided to do fireline prep work to the northeast of the current fire activity. This is the safest option with the highest probability of success.

Prep work will entail safely clearing fuels that already exist within the area, creating a clean perimeter and likely eliminating further spread. These fuels consist largely of grasses, brush and timber. This prep work will happen in an area north/northeast of the current fire activity.

Personnel are actively engaging the fire where it is safe to do so and implementing a full suppression strategy. Over 275 firefighters are now working the fire, with more on the way. Currently, in the region, the fire takes priority for air support. Two Type 1 and two Type 3 helicopters are supporting ground crews. Three air tankers also are available for use as appropriate.

Latigo Guest Ranch, the Yost Ranch, Gore Lakes and Old Park have been evacuated. Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain and the Lake Agnes area. The Milk Creek State Wildlife Area also has been evacuated in an effort to clear hunters from the fire’s projected path. At this time, protecting structures throughout evacuated areas is a priority.

Residents of Grand County are encouraged to enroll with the county’s alert system, so that if evacuations were to be necessary, emergency managers could quickly distribute that information.

Due to current fire conditions, an area closure has been implemented by the U.S. Forest Service for the immediate fire area, to include BLM and State Trust Lands.

Cause: Natural/Lightning
Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Strategy: Full suppression
Location: 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO
Management: Type 2 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Michael Haydon

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, the Yost Ranch, Gore Lakes and Old Park were evacuated. Pre-evacuation notice was issued for Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain Ranch and the Lake Agnes area. Grand County issued an evacuation order for the Milk Creek State Wildlife Area, in an effort to clear hunters from the fire’s projected path.

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
Fire Information: 307-840-9810, 8am-9pm