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Granby, CO 80446
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Ray Jennings
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rjennings@co.grand.co.us

Christian Hornbaker
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Grand County OEM
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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.