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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.