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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