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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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Old Park / Gore Lakes Evacuation Lifted

As of 10:00am, Monday, September 17th, the evacuation of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities has been lifted. The area will remain on PRE-EVACUATION until further notice. You must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice should the Sheriff have to order another evacuation.

Latigo Ranch and Yost Ranch are still under evacuation.

Please note the following information about the re-entry:
-DO NOT call 911 unless you have a medical emergency.
-RV’s, trailers, boats and other large vehicles that have been stored elsewhere are being asked to stay there for the next few days until more details on the fire activity are discussed. If you need to pick them up and they're parked at he fairgrounds, please make sure that you check out at the CSU Extension hall office between 8:30am-5pm.
-Livestock and animals that have been sheltered at the CSU Extension may be picked up beginning at 8:30am-5pm. You must check-in with the staff before removing your animals.
-PLEASE DRIVE SAFE! There will be a lot of vehicles on the road and people will be eager to get back home.
-Between 5:30pm and 7pm there will be a major increase of firefighter traffic on 134. Be aware!

Information on the fire can be found at the following areas:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Fire Information: 307-840-9810, 8am-9pm

Silver Creek Fire update 9-18-18

0 structures lost
0 injuries
Fire size: 12,214 acres
Containment: 35%
Firefighters: 420

The Silver Creek Fire is now 12,214 acres with 35% containment. Monday morning evacuated residents of Gore Lakes and Old Park were allowed by the Grand County Sheriff’s Dept. to return to their homes. Firefighters are working hard to limit the fire’s impact to the local communities.

Once again dry warm weather will influence fire activity with another round of breezy southwest winds and a chance of isolated showers causing erratic winds. Expect to see more smoke late in the afternoon due to fire activity in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.

Yesterday firefighters placed a dozer line from the 100 Road west through the Green Creek Fire scar searching for opportunities to burn out as conditions allow.

Dozer line construction began in the Muddy Creek Drainage, assisted by two hotshot crews improving fire lines. County graders continued to open up old roads west of the Albert Reservoir. Firefighters are seeking opportunities to burn out fuels to tie into the previous burned area, and open meadows near the Red Dirt Reservoir to protect private property.

Personnel are actively engaging the fire where it is safe to do so and implementing a full suppression strategy. Crews are working the southeastern edge of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness in the Silver Creek drainage west of Hwy. 100. More than 420 firefighters are now working the fire. Resources are limited in the area with the new Ryan Fire near Walden. Currently, in the region, the Silver Creek Fire takes priority for air support.

Patrolling will continue to Latigo Ranch and along the 100 Road. The structural protection group will be working in the Lake Agnes area and Latigo Ranch. Firefighters will also have a presence patrolling the Hwy. 40 corridor from Tyler Mountain to Rabbit Ear Village.

Latigo Guest Ranch and the Yost Ranch 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.

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.

Rocky Mountain Blue Team
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.gov

Silver Creek Fire Update 9-16-18

0 Structures lost
0 Injuries
Fire size: 11,405 acres
Containment: 35%

The Silver Creek Fire is now 11,405 acres with 35% containment. Weather today will remain clear with westerly winds at 7-13 mph gusting up to 25mph. Most of yesterday’s fire activity was in the interior and slowly backing to the northwest into the Sarvis Wilderness.

Firefighters did clean up and prep work along the100 Road along the north end of the fire. Prep work entails safely clearing fuels that already exist within the area, creating a clean perimeter and helping to minimize further spread. These fuels consist largely of grasses, brush and timber. Firefighters are working hard to limit the fire’s impact to the local communities.

Dozers were used in the Muddy Creek Drainage, assisted by two hotoshot crews and county graders working to open up old roads west of the Albert Reservoir. Firefighters are also working to tie into the cold black and open meadows near the Red Dirt Reservoir to protect private property.

Patrolling will continue to Latigo Ranch and along the 100 Road. The structural protection group will be working in the Lake Agnes area and Latigo Ranch accessing areas to locate sprinkler systems. Firefighters will also have a presence patrolling the Hwy. 40 corridor from Tyler Mountain to Rabbit Ear Village.

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.

Fire Statistics:
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

Assigned Personnel: 275

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

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

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

Silver Creek Fire Update 9-13-18 PM

Old Park / Gore Lakes has been placed back into pre-evacuation due to the large increase in fire activity and winds. There will be a community briefing tonight at 7pm at the Old Park Fire Hall. Reps from the Forest Service, Sheriff's Office, and Emergency Management will be on hand to discuss the fire, possible evacuation and answer questions.

Rabbit Ears Village and Lake Agnes are still in pre-evacuation from earlier today. There will be a community briefing at 7pm at the Rabbit Ears Village Lodge at the entrance to the subdivision. Reps from the Forest Service, Sheriff's Office, and Emergency Management will be on hand to discuss the fire, possible evacuation and answer questions.

In the event that an evacuation occurs, Grand County will work with the American Red Cross to help offer sheltering assistance if need be.

More details about the fire will be updated through this site along with the Forest Service Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/

Silver Creek Fire Update 9-13-18

As of 5 p.m. on Wed. evening, the fire had grown to 5,973 acres. That is a conservative estimate & additional growth occurred last night to the N/NE.

Acreage will be updated today. Approximate location of the fire at this time in the NE corner is at the National Forest/State (Milk Creek State Trust land) boundary.

An updated area closure will be put in place today, increasing the closed area to the north from the previous boundary.

No structures are immediately threatened. The nearest homes are along Hwy 40 to the east and in Lake Agnes to the north, over three miles away.

Over 100 personnel are now assigned to the fire, with additional on order. This includes four crews, multiple engines, heavy equipment, and two helicopters.

Fire behavior is expected to be significant again today and tomorrow, with hot, windy, and dry conditions. Potential for additional fire growth is high on the NE corner of the fire.

Multiple Single-Engine Air Tankers were utilized on Wednesday to protect hunter camps which had not been evacuated or where contact had not yet been made.

Evacuation (south of the Green Creek fire scar) of hunters (GMU 27) and campers was and is a priority for fire personnel and Grand County.

Smoke from the fire will be highly visible again today from Kremmling, Steamboat Springs, and Highway 40.

This InciWeb page will remain the main source for updated information; Silver Creek Fire 2018’s Facebook page will not be updated at this time.

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

Silver Creek Fire Update 9-12-18

Due to an increase in winds and a decrease in humidity, fire activity within the Silver Creek Fire increased today. A large plume from the northern end of the fire was visible and did jump the initial containment that had been created by the firefighters over this past month. Two plumes were seen in the southern area but are still within the containment of that sector.

What’s New: Fire behavior has increased significantly today on the N/NE portion of the fire, in and around Buffalo Park. Additional resources have been ordered, including multiple Single-Engine Air Tankers.

Smoke from the fire is highly visible from Kremmling, Steamboat Springs, and Highway 40.

Hunters (GMU 27) and campers near the northern area closure boundary are being asked to move.

The extent of fire growth is unknown at this time.

The InciWeb page will remain the main source for updated information; Silver Creek Fire 2018’s Facebook page will not be updated at this time.

Silver Creek Fire Update 8-27-18

Structures burned: 0
Injuries: 0
Fire Size: 4,772 acres
Containment: 49%
Cause: Natural/Lightning
Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Location: 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO

Summary: Command of the Silver Creek Fire was transferred from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue to a Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6:00 a.m. this morning. “We will continue the progress made by the two previous Incident Management Teams on this full suppression fire. Our highest priority remains the safety of the public and firefighters. We want to work with local residents that are affected by our operations and minimize the interruption we may cause,” said Incident Commander Robert Lehmann. Crews continue to patrol the fireline and take action on hot spots where safe to do so. Fire restoration work continues along the perimeter as well. Restoration includes the installation of water bars, removing hazard trees, and chipping excess debris to reduce fuels and minimize erosion. Heavy equipment crews are constructing indirect fireline along Forest Service Roads and immediately west of the Old Park community.

Weather: A front crossed the region early today, moving moisture away. Very strong westerly winds are expected behind the front, with gusts up to 45 mph possible.

Closures and Public Safety: The Latigo Ranch area, Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas continue to be under a pre-evacuation notice by the Grand County Sheriff. For the most current evacuation information, please visit www.gcemergency.com or https://www.facebook.com/GrandCountyOEM/?ref=br_rs.

Residents are encouraged to register for CodeRED, Grand County’s emergency notification system. To receive notifications through CodeRED, please visit the website https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/8353F1C0B3BC.

The Routt National Forest emergency closure for the Silver Creek Fire was revised last Friday. This revision reopened 49,744 acres of National Forest System administered lands to the north and west of the fire’s perimeter. All hunters and recreating public are advised to view the revised closure at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbr/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb51396....

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

Management: Type 3 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Robert Lehmann
Assigned Personnel: 261

For More Information:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Fire Info Line: (307) 840-9810; Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Silver Creek Fire Update 8-24-18

Structures Lost: 0
Injuries: 0
Fire Size: 4745 (unchanged for 3 days)
Containment: 27% (unchanged from yesterday)
Personnel: 412

Warmer temperatures and increased sunshine are expected over the Silver Creek Fire area today. The fire remains 4,745 acres and 27% contained. Firefighter and public safety remain the top priority of this full suppression fire.

Around the fire perimeter, crews will continue to improve and strengthen firelines while mopping up and putting out hot areas at the edge of the fire. Work to improve fireline on the west side of Old Park subdivision should be completed today as crews continue to reduce possible fuel sources near that bulldozer-created fuel break. Fireline repair work continues to improve drainage and prevent runoff in areas deemed safe and appropriate. Due to decreased fire activity, night operations ended with last night’s shift.

A weak high pressure system will develop in the area today. This will bring drier, warm air with sunny skies and highs in the low 70s. Westerly winds will be sustained at 7-10mph with gusts to 15mph possible. Relative humidity will be near 20% today.

The Routt National Forest emergency area closure remains in place. All hunters and recreating public are advised to view the revised closure at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbr/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb51396....

Emergency response traffic remains heavy near the Silver Creek Fire; please follow all closures and only travel where needed.

The Latigo Ranch area remains under an evacuation order; Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas continue to be under a pre-evacuation notice by the Grand County Sheriff. For the most current evacuation information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/GrandCountyOEM/?ref=br_rs or www.gcemergency.com.

Residents are encouraged to register for CodeRED, Grand County’s emergency notification system. To receive emergency notifications through CodeRED, please visit the website https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/8353F1C0B3BC.
Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB Fire Information – Phone: 307-840-9810
Email: 2018_wymrf_silvercreekfire@firenet.gov
Call Center Hours of Operation: 8 am – 9 pm

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