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Silver Creek Fire

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Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Laramie, WY , CO 82070

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Fire Information Line
Phone: 307-840-9810
Hours: 8am - 9pm daily

Highlighted Activity

08/20/2018 Grand County EMS Lifts Evacuation Order
As of 1 p.m., Monday, August 20th, the evacuation of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities has been lifted. Only residents are allowed to return to their homes but still remain on PRE-EVACUATION...
Announcement - 08/20/2018
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Silver Creek Fire Statistics:

Approximate size: 4,780 acres

Strategy: Full suppression

Containment: 5%

Personnel: 603

Cause: Natural/Lightning

Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Location: 16 northwest of Kremmling, CO

Current Situation: Full suppression of the Silver Creek Fire continues, as crews continue to construct and prepare fireline with hand crews and heavy equipment. Incident managers remain focused on public and firefighter safety. To date, no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters have completed fireline and mopup near Red Dirt Reservoir, increasing containment to 10%. West of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities, bulldozers have finished construction of fireline south of Forest Road 100 and toward Forest Road 243. Logging equipment and hand crews continue to strengthen that line by further clearing vegetation. Bulldozers are also constructing fireline near Old Park northeast from Forest Road 100. Hotshot crews and bulldozers continue building fireline directly along much of the west flank, and heavy logging equipment is strengthening contingency lines west of the fire at Forest Roads 250 and 570.

Three helicopters remain assigned to the Silver Creek Fire, and other local air resources are available for support as needed. Firefighters and engines remained positioned at Old Park, Gore Lakes, and Latigo Ranch.

Weather: Smoke and haze will be visible across the region as sunny skies and warmer temperatures bring drier conditions. As high pressure builds across the region, winds become more westerly and may gust to 15 mph. Relative humidity will steadily decrease to around 20%, despite increasing cloud cover this afternoon. Temperatures will warm to the mid-70s, with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Any advisories or alerts will be posted on the Grand County Office of Emergency Management website at

Evacuation Notice: The Latigo Guest Ranch, Old Park, and Gore Lakes are under evacuation.

Closures and Public Safety: An emergency closure for the Silver Creek Fire was modified on Tuesday, August 14, re-opening some lands northwest of the fire, and closing additional lands to the south. Approximately 13,000 acres in the northwest corner of Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, and roughly four miles of the west end of Sarvis Creek Trail have been re-opened for recreational access. Some additional lands south of the fire area have been closed due to the fire’s movement southward. This includes National Forest lands from Forest Service Roads 250 and 102 east to the Forest boundary and south to Colorado Highway 134, which is also now closed for firefighter and public safety.

The following major roads are closed to the public: Forest Service Road 100 (Buffalo Park Road) is closed from the Forest Boundary in the south to the intersection of the Road and Highway 40 to the north, a distance of approximately 29 miles. Forest Service Road 312, the Muddy Creek Trailhead north across Highway 40, is also closed. Forest Service Road 250 is closed to the north from its intersection with Colorado Highway 134.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for Grand County and Routt County, as well as Routt National Forest System lands. For detailed information, click the “News” tab on the Inciweb page.

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.

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 19th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Location16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO
Incident CommanderJay Esperance, Rocky Mountain Team Blue (Type 2)
Coordinates40.223 latitude, -106.655 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel603
Size4,780 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Fuels Involved

Lodgepole, spruce, fir

Significant Events

Fire activity remained low throughout the burn period due to the high relative humidity and the residual effects of recent precipitation. Fire activity was limited to creeping and smoldering with some open flame under the timber canopy where the fuels were sheltered from the precipitation. Perimeter growth was limited to highly isolated areas in the timber fuel type.


Planned Actions

Continue implementing direct attack option as allowed, scout and improve indirect line and mop-up as appropriate and safe to do so. Utilize air resources where effective. Begin rehab as specified.

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate fire activity with isolated torching and little perimeter growth.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sunday, a cooler air mass will reside across the region. Breezy northerly winds will continue throughout the day with some afternoon clouds and widely scattered light rain showers.

Temperatures warm and return to normal Monday with humidity decreasing compared to previous days. Light westerly winds with very widely scattered late afternoon showers.

Moisture returns to the region on Tuesday. As a result, coverage of thunderstorms will increase in the afternoon. Temperatures similar to Monday, with clouds and increased showers moderating minimum humidity.