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Grand County Emergency Management

81 West Agate Ave
PO Box 1457
Granby, CO 80446
Office: 970.887.2732
Fax: 970.887.1698

Ray Jennings
Director
Grand County OEM
rjennings@co.grand.co.us

Christian Hornbaker
Emergency Manager
Grand County OEM
chornbaker@co.grand.co.us

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Silver Creek Fire update 8/17/18 8:45

Summary:
Fire information will be updated through the Inciweb website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Fire Size: 4539 Acres
Containment: 5%
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Fire Information – Phone: 307-840-9810
Email: 2018_wymrf_silvercreekfire@firenet.gov
Call Center Hours of Operation: 8 am – 9 pm

The Silver Creek Fire was active on both the south and north ends of the fire yesterday, in large part due to strong winds out of the west from passing thunderstorms. Multiple retardant drops and work by ground crews to improve firelines kept the fire to the north of the Old Park Subdivision. Once there is a flight over the fire to map the perimeter, a new acreage will become available.

Today, crews will use bulldozers and logging equipment to create fireline from the 100 road to the east below the southern edge of the fire while additional crews continue to build direct line along the west side of the fire. Firefighters will be looking for opportunities, when conditions are appropriate, to burn unconsumed fuel located between constructed fireline and the fire’s edge.

Air resources were heavily utilized yesterday to drop fire retardant to the south of the fire. Similar strategies will be used today to slow the progression of the fire in the direction of the Old Park subdivision. There are two large helicopters, one medium helicopter, and one light helicopter assigned to this fire.
The high for today will likely be seen before noon and be in the low 70s. Winds are forecasted to be out of the west at 4-9mph with gusts up to 15mph. The relative humidity is expected to be approximately 25%. Clouds will develop and the chance of thunderstorms will begin in the late morning to early afternoon. Much like yesterday, these thunderstorms may produce gusty outflow winds.

The Latigo Ranch, Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas remain under mandatory evacuation by the Grand County Sheriff. The Grand County Office of Emergency Management utilizes the CodeRED notification system to notify the community of emergency situations. If you are not already signed up, visit https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/8353F1C0B3BC for more information.

The Routt National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure. It may be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5985/45808/. Colorado Highway 134 remains closed due to firefighting activity.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Silver Creek Fire Update 8/16/18 11:50

Notice: Public Meeting tonight – 7:00 p.m. – West Grand High School (Kremmling)

Silver Creek Fire Statistics:
Approximate size: 4,098 acres
Strategy: Full suppression
Containment: 5%
Personnel: 226
Cause: Natural/Lightning
Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: 16 northwest of Kremmling, CO

Current Situation: Due to fire behavior yesterday afternoon, the Grand County Sheriff ordered the evacuation of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities. This is in addition to Latigo Ranch, which remains under evacuation. Colorado Highway 134 is also closed to minimize traffic and to help facilitate safe firefighting activity.

Command of the Silver Creek Fire was transferred from the type 3 organization to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team at 6:00am this morning.

Yesterday, crews focused on structure preparation in the Old Park, Latigo Ranch, and Gore Lakes areas. This work included the use of bulldozers and feller-bunchers to create fireline west of the subdivisions. Retardant was dropped north and west of the Old Park community in an attempt to slow fire progression. The fire remained active overnight as crews began night operations near the subdivisions.

Today, crews will continue similar tactics to yesterday on this full suppression fire focusing on areas with values at risk such as structures and private property. Crews will work to contain spot fires on the east side, near Latigo Ranch and on the western side above Forest Road 250.

Weather:
Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 70s with winds out of the northwest at 4-9mph with gusts up to 15mph. The relative humidity is expected to be 17-22%, and as clouds develop in the early afternoon, there is a chance of thunderstorms with gutsy outflow winds. Any advisories or alerts will be posted on the Grand County Office of Emergency Management website at http://gcemergency.com/

Strategy: The Silver Creek Fire is a full suppression fire. Firefighters will implement strategies and tactics with the highest probability of success to protect values at risk.

Highway 134 is closed to ALL public access from mile marker 16 - 24 (County Road 17).

For More Information:
Facebook: @SilverCreekFire2018
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Fire Info Line: 307-840-9810; Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Silver Creek Fire Update 8/15/18 1:40pm

The fire activity yesterday and overnight did not grow the fire more than approx 20 acres. A few hot spots were seen from the last MMA flight earlier today but are being actively worked by fire crews to contain any growth.

The fire is at 3,198 acres and is 15% contained. Dozers and hand crews continue to fight the fire in key choke points and fire lines. Winds have picked up and are creating some additional hot spots but aircraft are in the area assisting with water drops and visualization of the fire.

A Community Briefing will take place at 7pm on 8/15/18 at the Old Park Fire Hall on County Road 1935 (off of CR 1933).

Updates will continue to be posted on OEM's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GrandCountyOEM/

Silver Creek Fire Update 8/14/18 10:40pm

Silver Creek Fire update, 10:40pm

The Latigo Ranch area is still under evacuation at this time and the Old Park area is still under pre-evacuation. There have been no changes in that regards. There was a LOT of activity in the area as well as in Kremmling as preparations were made in the event that an evacuation was needed. If the weather that we experienced over the last few days continued into today, the chances of an evacuation would have increased. However, firefighting crews got a bit of a reprieve today from the weather, which provided more humidity and winds favorable to pushing the fire back onto itself for a bit. This allowed the crews to attack the fire more aggressively and increase the fire breaks along the lines. The weather outlook for tomorrow is the same although any gust of wind can take the fire into new areas.

The U.S. Forest Service was also able to obtain two heavy aircraft to drop retardant on the fire which was extremely helpful in establishing a more defined defensive line. This, coupled with the Type III, Type II and Type I helicopters already working the fire was a great thing for the area!

In the coming days, the area will see a Type II team come in and be able to provide even more fire support with potentially more resources. Due to all of the fires in the Western half of the U.S. though, fire resources are extremely limited.

Grand County Sheriff Deputies continued to go door to door and also drove along all of the county roads in the area to speak with residents about the fire and potential evacuation plans.

A community briefing was held at the Old Park Fire Hall at 7pm on Tuesday to provide information about the fire as well as answer questions to all of the residents. We appreciate everyone coming out and the next briefing will be held on Wednesday, Aug 15th at 7pm at the Fire hall as long as an evacuation does not occur.

Please continue to check out the Inciweb from the U.S.F.S. for updates. We will also be providing updates throughout the day tomorrow starting at approx 9am and getting them out between 60-90 minutes depending on what's happening in the area.

Thank you to ALL of those that have helped out with this fire so far. From the U.S.F.S. to all of the Fire Districts (Kremmling Fire, HSS Fire, Grand Fire, Grand Lake Fire and East Grand Fire), to the law enforcement agencies (Sheriff's Office, Kremmling PD, Granby PD and WP/Fraser PD). To the additional EMS crews that helped set up a support facility in Kremmling to all of the PIOs in the county that have helped provide information and monitor these sites, we are truly appreciative of all of your work and from taking time away from YOUR families to help keep Grand County safe.

Silver Creek Fire Update 8/14/18 17:06

Brief Silver Creek Fire Update:

Fire crews have worked extremely hard today to keep the fire from developing further south. Winds have also assisted the fire crews by pushing the flames back into the fire. We are waiting on updates from the Forest Service and Incident Commanders as to the status of the fire and will get that out when we receive it.

As you may have noticed, there is a huge amount of activity happening in Kremmling today with EMS, OEM, Sheriff's Office, Kremmling PD and the Fire Department. You'll also see folks from The American Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies around town.

This is to make sure that, in the event that an evacuation is ordered, there will be absolutely no issues with providing the best possible outcome for our residents. We have worked with the Town of Kremmling, West Grand School District, CSU Extension Hall and so many other partners to be absolutely prepared.

We want to thank everyone that's assisted us in getting everything set up and are ready to act in the event that an evacuation is ordered.

We are still planning to have the Community Briefing at the Old Park Fire Hall at 7pm.

Forest Service information on the fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/

Silver Creek Evacuation and Pre-evacuation

Latigo Ranch has been issued an evacuation notice due to the Silver Creek Fire. A pre-evacuation has also been issued for the Old Park community. A Community Briefing will be held at 19:00 at the Old Park Fire Station on County road 1935 on Monday, August 13th. More details will be provided on this site along with Social Media in the coming hours.

Grand County Air Quality

Grand County Public Health Air Quality Update 08/15/18

Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Grand County Housing Authority, and Grand County Manager’s Office are working with the United States Forest Service monitoring the air quality in Grand County. Based on the scientific data provided by the air quality monitor in Kremmling, the risk is Moderate. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment the Moderate category definition is: “Air quality is acceptable; however, pollution in this range may pose a moderate health concern for a very small number of individuals. People who are unusually sensitive to ozone or particle pollution may experience respiratory symptoms.”

Outlook: Widespread smoke from several in-state and out-of-state fires is impacting large sections of western Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Wednesday through Thursday morning within the advisory area, especially in areas near local wildfires. The highest impacted areas will include locations near the Bull Draw Fire near the Montrose/Mesa County line, the Cabin Lake Fire in Rio Blanco County, and the Silver Creek Fire near the Routt County/Grand County line.

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Precautions to take:
• Avoid heavy outdoor exertion such as running or other forms of exercise.
• Keep your indoor air clean and stay inside.
• Close your doors and windows and turn off systems that ventilate air from outside in, including your swamp cooler.
• You can run your air conditioner, if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean.
• If you do not have an air conditioner and it’s too warm to stay inside without your swamp cooler on or windows closed, seek shelter with a friend or family member with a closed air circulation system.
• Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution. You want to keep your indoor air as clean as possible.
• Do not vacuum. It stirs up dust in your home.
• Do not smoke tobacco in your home.
• Do not burn candles, fireplaces or gas stoves.
• Don’t rely on dust masks for protection.
• Paper masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, like sawdust. They won’t protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.
• Contact your health care provider if you’re concerned about your health.

Smoke in Grand County may stay in the area for the next 30 days due to multiple fires burning in the West. The smoke level may fluctuate hourly and daily depending on weather and fire conditions.

Grand County Public Health will monitor the air quality and update the public as conditions change. Information will be posted on the Grand County Public Health Facebook page and gcemergency.com.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

As of 4pm on July 24th, Grand County has adjusted the current fire restriction and has moved to Stage 1. The official resolution can be found at the URL below.

http://co.grand.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/11085/2018-7-26-Resolution-Sta...

Code Red® Cellular Emergency Notification System

The Grand County Office of Emergency Management has instituted CodeRED® Emergency Notification System. This system allows ultra high speed cellular phone or text messaging to inform registered participants during an emergency or disaster affecting Grand County.

PLEASE, DO NOT ENTER LANDLINE PHONES IN THIS SYSTEM (even in "Alternate Phone")
*** This system will only be used for emergency purposes. ***

Examples of times when the CodeRED® system could be used:
- Evacuation Notice
- Fires
- Flooding
- Hazardous Materials Spills/Leaks
- Drinking Water Contamination

Click on the link below to enter your cell phone contact information for Grand County's CodeRED® Emergency Notification:
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Click Here To Sign-Up

Click Here To Sign-Up for the Mobile Alert App

Visitors of Grand County can download the CodeRED alert app on smartphones. This application transmits geographically-based notifications. While visiting Grand County you will be able to receive emergency notifications that could affect you.

United Way 211 Registration for Disaster Assistance

United Way, in collaboration with the Grand County Office of Emergency Management and the Grand County Council on Aging, announces service of 2-1-1. This service could positively impact any individual living in the Grand County area that may require assistance in the event of an evacuation or extended in-place sheltering. By evaluating your own personal needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. Every individual can take steps to prepare for potential emergency situations.
You can call 2-1-1 and ask to register yourself, or a loved one, for the Special Needs Population Registry . Your voluntary participation in the Grand County 2-1-1 Registry will allow Grand County responders to be better prepared to respond with the limited resources available.
Assistance can include (but not limited to):
*Oxygen / ventilator dependent *Life sustaining medication *Alzheimer’s / Dementia
*Limited mobility / unable to drive *Vision / hearing impairment

For more information dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-485-0211.

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