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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 8-22-18

The following information is provided by the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team.

Structures Lost: 0
Injuries: 0
Fire Size: 4745 acres
Containment: 15%

Cooler weather and recent rains have slowed growth around the perimeter of the Silver Creek Fire. Even as acreage remains steady, dry heavy timber continues to burn within the interior and full suppression continues with foremost concern toward firefighter and public safety.

Containment has increased to 15%; much of the containment is along the west edge of Red Dirt Reservoir. As firefighters extinguish hotspots around the fire, bulldozers and logging equipment are strengthening fireline by removing trees and vegetation along Forest Road 100. Protective fireline has also been constructed at portions of Forest Roads 250 and 185. At the northeast corner of the fire, crews have built containment lines and safety zones around spot fires. In areas which are safe for equipment and crews, fireline repair has begun to improve drainage and prevent runoff.

Weather today is expected to be cooler with alternating periods of sun and rain showers. Temperatures will reach the mid-60s, and humidity will stay around 50%. Winds will be generally light with gusts to 15 mph; strong and erratic outflow winds are possible as thunderstorms pass.

The Routt National Forest has revised its emergency area closure. 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 heed all closures and only travel where needed.

The Latigo Ranch area is still under a full evacuation order; Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas remain under pre-evacuation notice by the Grand County Sheriff. For the most current evacuation information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/GrandCountyOEM/?ref=br_rs.

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/
Fire Information – Phone: 307-840-9810
Email: 2018_wymrf_silvercreekfire@firenet.gov
Call Center Hours of Operation: 8 am – 9 pm

Silver Creek Fire Update 8-21-18

Structure Lost: 0
Injuries: 0
Fire Size: 4745 (reduced to reflect better mapping)
Containment: 13%
Firefighters: 608
Community Meeting tonight, August 21st at the CSU Extension Hall. Doors open at 5:30, briefing begins at 6pm.

At 1:00 pm yesterday, the Grand County Sheriff lifted evacuation orders for both Old Park and Gore Lakes; residents were able to return to the area, but the areas remain under pre-evacuation status. Latigo Ranch remains under evacuation. Colorado Highway 134 also reopened yesterday. The public is asked to use caution in the area as firefighting traffic is expected to remain heavy.

Thanks to improved mapping and fire managers’ abilities to ground truth the fire’s perimeter, the overall acreage of the Silver Creek Fire decreased to 4,745 acres. The fire is now 13% contained; this increase includes the containment of a large spot fire that has been in the area east of Latigo Ranch.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will be likely today as monsoonal moisture increases across the area. High temperatures will top out in the upper 60s to low 70s today with relative humidity settling between 28-33%. Winds will be out of the west-southwest at 4-9mph with gusts up to 20mph. Erratic outflow winds are likely near thunderstorms.
With the increase in moisture predicted today, muddy, slippery conditions will be expected around the fire. Crews will continue mop up around the fire perimeter where is safe and appropriate. Logging equipment and hand crews will work to improve and widen firelines on the southern portion of the fire; this will be accomplished by removing vegetation near fireline previously constructed by bulldozers. On the western side of the fire area, crews continue to work to widen indirect fireline near a portion of unconsumed fuel between the fire’s edge and Forest Road 100.

For the most current evacuation information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/GrandCountyOEM/?ref=br_rs.

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

As the weekend approaches and a few hunting seasons open in the area, the public is reminded that a Routt National Forest emergency area closure remains in place. It may be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5985/45808/. For public and firefighter safety, please heed all closures and only travel where needed near the Silver Creek Fire.

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
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

Silver Creek Fire Update 8-19-18

The following information is provided by the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team:

Summary:
Fire Size: 4778
Containment: 5%
Structures Lost: 0
Firefighters: 514

The Silver Creek Fire experienced minimal activity yesterday due to precipitation over the fire area as well as lower temperatures and higher relative humidities. Higher winds associated with passing storms yesterday afternoon and evening did not significantly impact fire behavior or fire growth.

Colorado Highway 134 remains closed due to firefighting activity, and the Latigo Ranch, Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas remain under mandatory evacuation by the Grand County Sheriff.

Crews continue to employ full suppression tactics as they continue to build direct fireline on the southeast side of the fire. On the west side of the fire, heavy equipment will continue to be used to improve fireline previously constructed by bulldozers and logging equipment as crews prepare Forest Road 100 for possible burnout operations when conditions allow. These burnout operations, should they occur, will consume unburned fuel between the fire’s edge and the fireline.

A cooler, stable air mass has settled into the region over the past day. This will bring scattered morning clouds which will increase in the afternoon to include possible light showers. Northwest winds will shift to north and then northeast throughout the day; gusts up to 25mph may be possible. The high temperature for today will be in the mid-60s with minimum relative humidity around 30%. Overnight temperatures could reach freezing.

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.

An area implemented by the Routt National Forest closure remains in. 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.

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
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

Silver Creek Fire Update 8-18-18

Today's fire information provided by the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team

Fire Size: 4,778 Acres
Containment: 5%
Firefighters: 448

Summary: Crews continue suppression efforts around the perimeter of the Silver Creek Fire, focusing resources on the south edge nearest Latigo Ranch as well as Old Park and Gore Lakes subdivisions. Public and firefighter safety is the top priority of this full suppression fire as crews work to protect private property and infrastructure.

Firefighters spent yesterday creating and improving fireline along much of Forest Road 100. Bulldozers and logging equipment have completed fireline west of Old Park and will continue construction south and west toward Forest Road 185. Successful burnout operations have occurred along portions of Forest Road 100, removing vegetation and further strengthening fireline on the southwestern side of the fire. If weather and ground conditions allow, more burnout operations may occur today.

Fire engines and water tenders continue to prepare structures south and east of the fire. Large, medium, and light helicopters are assigned to the Silver Creek Fire, and other local air resources are available for support as needed.

Fire growth increased slightly to 4,778 acres as aerial mapping has provided more accurate analysis. Area thunderstorms have brought little rain to the Silver Creek Fire; active fire behavior is possible later today, with spotting and tree torching probable within the mixed-conifer forest.

Morning fog and light rains will give way to sunny skies this afternoon; temperatures will reach the low 70s and relative humidity will reach 30%. A cold front is expected to pass through the area this afternoon, bringing gusty winds up to 25 mph. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms may produce dangerous lightning and erratic winds.

The Latigo Ranch, Old Park, and Gore Lakes areas remain under mandatory evacuation by the Grand County Sheriff.

The Routt National Forest has implemented an emergency area closure. It may be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5985/45808/. A portion of Colorado Highway 134 remains closed due to firefighting activity. Please visit http://www.cotrip.org/travelAlerts.htm#?roadId= for current road information. The public is asked to stay clear of the area to allow firefighters to safely manage the fire.

Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
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

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.

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