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Ryan Fire

Unit Information

Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Incident Contacts

Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
Phone: 307-326-5258
Hours: M-F 8am-noon 1-4:30pm

Parks Ranger District
Phone: 970-723-4610
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm

Highlighted Activity

10/09/2018 Ryan Fire Area Closure Update 10-09-18
The Ryan Fire Area Closure has been modified to reflect the changing weather conditions. This Closure Order went into effect on October 09, 2018 and remains in effect until rescinded. All roads and..
Closure - 10/09/2018
An updated map of the Ryan Fire area closure as of 10-09-18Image options: [ Full Size ]

Fire restrictions rescinded for Routt National Forest and Sierra Madre Range;

Ryan and Silver Creek Fire updates

October 9, 2018 Effective immediately, fire restrictions have been rescinded on National Forest System lands within the entirety of the Routt National Forest in Colorado, as well as within the Sierra Madre Range, Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming.

Despite snow at higher elevations and cooler overall temperatures, National Forest visitors and particularly hunters, are advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires.

Always make sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire unattended. This is effectively done by stirring coals and other burned materials with water until cool. Even if your fire is a relatively small warming fire, the fire should be dead out before you leave the site.

Regarding the ongoing Ryan and Silver Creek wildfires, both will transition management from the current National Incident Management Organization back to local Forest resources at the end of shift today. Engines will continue to patrol and monitor both fires while conducting fire suppression repair work as possible. Helicopter support is available if needed.

Area closures on National Forest System lands remain in place on both fires, but are in the process of being re-evaluated this week and are expected to be reduced before the weekend.

Short term, both fire areas expect to have continued wet, cool weather this week.

As dictated by changing conditions and fire behavior, fire information and updates will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service on Twitter and on InciWeb. Facebook pages for both fires will no longer be updated.

Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Hunter Information map:

Ryan Fire - 28,585 acres and 60 percent contained
Ryan Fire InciWeb:

Ryan Fire Information

  • Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258
  • Parks Ranger District, 100 Main St., Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700

Silver Creek Fire - 20,120 acres and 78 percent contained

Silver Creek Fire InciWeb:

Silver Creek Fire Information

  • Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, Colo., (970) 638-4516

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 07:36 PM
Location27 miles NW Walden, CO
Incident CommanderChris Green, ICT4
Coordinates40.978 latitude, -106.747 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel23
Size28,585 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber Fuel Model. Beetle-killed lodgepole pine and spruce/fir. Pine contains 40-50% dead standing and abundant down timber available to support surface to crown fires. Fire has transitioned into sagebrush/grass fuel type on east side of fire. ERCs are near the 97 percentile.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor and patrol direct/indirect line.

Projected Incident Activity

Expect minimal fire behavior with the increase in winter weather conditions.


The fire transitioned back to a local, T4 IC on October 9 at 1700.

Ownership Breakdown:

Colorado USFS: 3,020 ac

Colorado BLM: 247 ac

Colorado Private: 8 ac

Wyoming USFS: 22,639 ac

Wyoming BLM: 774 ac

Wyoming State: 35 ac

Wyoming Private: 1,862 ac

8 ACRES on Jackson County (CO-JCX)

247 ACRES on Little Snake Field Office (CO-LSD)

1862 ACRES on Carbon County (WY-CAX)

35 ACRES on Wyoming State Forestry (CPC Area) (WY-CPS)

25659 ACRES on Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests Thunder Basin National Grassland (WY-MRF)

774 ACRES on Rawlins Field Office (WY-RAD)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire has received over 6 inches of snow during the last 24 hours.

Winter Weather conditions are anticipated to persist through the weekend.