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Silver Creek Fire

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Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Colorado
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Phone: 307-840-9810
Hours: 8am-9pm

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09/19/2018 Silver Creek Fire Update - September 19, 2018
Summary: The Silver Creek Fire is now 12,610 acres with 35% containment. A chance of showers causing erratic winds will influence fire activity with another round of breezy southwest...
News - 09/19/2018
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Summary:

The Silver Creek Fire is now 12,610 acres with 35% containment.

A chance of showers causing erratic winds will influence fire activity with another round of breezy southwest winds. Expect to see more smoke late in the afternoon along the Hwy 40 corridor.

Aircraft have been busy assisting firefighters on the ground. The fire was active in timber pockets with moderate to longer range spotting downwind on Tuesday. The wind pushed fire in the sagebrush/grass to the east and the timber to the north. Larger helicopters made water drops to keep it in check, while small helicopters were used for recon and eventually assisting with aerial ignition for burn out operations planned for later in the week. Air tankers also are available. Currently, in the region, the Silver Creek Fire takes priority for air support.

Firefighters continue to improve a dozer line and lay hose from the 100 Road west through the Green Creek Fire scar searching for opportunities to burn out when conditions are right.

Dozers, skidders and feller/bunchers were also used in the Muddy Creek Drainage, assisted by four crews to improve fire lines and open up old roads west of the Albert Reservoir. The will also scout for opportunities to burn out fuels to tie into the previous fire 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 worked the southeastern edge of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness in the Silver Creek drainage west of the 100 Road. More than 501 firefighters are now working the fire.

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 Ears 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseNatural/lightning
Date of OriginThursday July 19th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO
Incident CommanderMichael Haydon, Type 2 Incident Management Team
Coordinates40.223 latitude, -106.655 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel620
Size13,238 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet), Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Fire continues to actively flank through heavy dead and down on western flank. Occasional group torching and spotting observed.

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

Reduced fire behavior, short-range spotting possible but unlikely. Where fuels align with winds, there is potential for short crown runs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today, temperatures climbed into the upper-60s and minimum humidity dropped into the mid-20 percent range. Ridge-top wind directions were generally from the south-southwest with gusts around 25 mph. Some light rain showers have been observed in the area, but as of 1500 on 9/19, no precipitation was recorded.

On Thursday, near critical fire weather conditions will develop as drier air moves into the area in the wake of a departing weather system. High temperatures will be around 63 degrees with minimum humidity in the teens. In addition, a strong west-northwest wind will develop with gusts approaching 30 mph.