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Silver Creek Fire Update 9-24-18

0 Structures Lost
0 Injuries
Fire Size: 18,603 acres
Containment: 50%
Fire personnel: 658 (non local)

The Silver Creek Fire is now 18,603 acres with 50% containment. The growth in acreage is due to the Saturday’s successful burn out operation.

That success was tested by Sunday’s “Red Flag” warning for high winds, low humidity and high temperatures. It passed the test, but the test continues.

Today’s weather forecast calls for sustained winds of 20-25 mph, the highest on the fire so far and dry warm weather is forecast for the rest of the week.

Currently 658 firefighters are now working the fire. They are actively engaging the fire where it is safe to do so and implementing a full suppression strategy. High winds are a concern for firefighters watching for deadly snags falling from weakened trees.

Crews worked the southeastern edge of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness in the Silver Creek drainage west of the 100 Road. Large helicopters were busy assisting firefighters on the ground with water drops to help keep it in check.

There was some spotting during the burn out operation, some caused by burning and downed aspen leaves, but firefighters successfully chased them down.

Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots from the 100 Road west through the Green Creek Fire scar utilizing a hose lay prepared earlier in the week. It continues to back slowly into the wilderness.

Firefighters also mopped up in the Muddy Creek Drainage and west of the Albert Reservoir. The fire continues to burn interior and clean itself up. Expect to see lingering smoke along the Hwy 40 corridor.

Firefighters worked hard to extinguish hot spots and secure fire line north of Latigo Ranch. Patrolling will continue to Latigo Ranch and along the 100 Road.

Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for Latigo Guest Ranch, Yost Ranch, Old Park / Gore Lakes, Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain and the Lake Agnes areas. 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. An area closure has been implemented for the immediate fire area. All closure areas and maps can be found on the Silver Creek Fire’s InciWeb page.

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.go Incident Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Fire Information – Phone: 307-840-9810 Call Center Hours of Operation: 8 am – 9 pm
Email: 2018_wymrf_silvercreekfire@firenet.