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Silver Creek Fire Update 10-2-18

0 Structures lost
0 Injuries
Fire size: 20,048 acres
Containment: 60%
Personnel: 253

Due to the increase in fire activity on the north end of the fire, Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village and homes along Highway 40 (north of CR 182) remain in pre-evacuation.

The Ryan and Silver Creek Fires have been managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) since September 29, 2018. NIMOs are not time-limited and can provide long-term management of incidents, which provides consistency for local communities. The Ryan and Silver Creek Fires are currently the priority incidents in the Rocky Mountain Region and the NIMO team are sharing resources between the fires as appropriate.

The spot fires from Sunday burned primarily through lighter fuels like open aspen and sagebrush where retardant and hand crews can be used more safely and effectively. Yesterday’s cooler, wetter weather helped minimize fire behavior, giving crews a chance to work the fire’s edge. Aircraft were active early, laying down retardant loads along the north perimeter, and dropping water to slow the fire’s progress. A dozer constructed line around the northeast corner of the northern spot fire and is working its way west to tie in with the 100 Road.

Crews expect to be able to continue with the excellent progress made Monday to cool hot spots and work toward containment. Aircraft will be used to the extent needed, while ground crews will continue to construct containment line, patrol, and mop up spot fires. The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 253 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The fire is currently 20,048 acres and 60 percent contained.
Fire Weather: Weather conditions will continue to limit fire activity with relative humidity remaining above 20%. Breezy southwest winds with gusts up to 25 mph and the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Closures and Public Safety: Area closures have expanded on National Forest System lands and the Bureau of Land Management has issued new closures surrounding the Ryan Fire. Closures around the Silver Creek Fire also remain in effect. The closures ensure the protection of public and fire personnel and will remain in effect until rescinded. The updated closure orders and maps are available on the Ryan Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/), and Silver Creek Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/).

For More Information:
Silver Creek Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Silver Creek Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Fire Info Line: (307) 314-9408
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.