Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Crews take Advantage of Cooler Weather over the Ryan and Silver Creek Fires
The Ryan and Silver Creek Fires have been managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) since September 29, 2018. NIMOs are not time-limited and can provide long-term management of incidents, which provides consistency for local communities. The Ryan and Silver Creek Fires are currently the priority incidents in the Rocky Mountain Region and the NIMO team are sharing resources between the fires as appropriate.
Ryan Fire Current Situation: Yesterday, higher humidity and lower temperatures moderated fire activity on many parts of the fire. However, the fire remained active with group tree torching in the northern corner of the fire. Structure protection crews increased measures around private property and structures in the Pearl, Colorado and Skyline, Wyoming areas. Night operations to protect private property continued. Today crews will focus on three priority areas. Crews will work to strengthen protections around private property on both the north and south sides of the fire. Crews and equipment will identify areas of heat along the northern corner of the fire and engage the fire where and when it can safely be accomplished. Heavy equipment crews continue to clear Forest Service roads of downed trees and other debris to increase crew mobility and safety.
Although the preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was likely the result of an escaped campfire, the fire does remain under investigation and anyone with information that may assist in the fire investigation should call the fire information line at 307-314-9408. The Ryan Fire, located 27 miles northwest of Walden, Colorado, started on September 15, 2018. There are 360 personnel assigned to the Ryan Fire. The fire is currently 28,409 acres and 35 percent contained.
Silver Creek Fire Current Situation: Yesterday’s weather helped to moderate fire behavior, and no growth or spot fires were observed. Hand crews finished line on the north portion of the fire. Structure protection equipment was staged in the area of Lake Agnes to be utilized if necessary. Crews have assessed repair work needed near Latigo Ranch, and work has begun. Today crews will continue with ground operations on the north perimeter of the fire to improve line currently in place and monitor fire behavior. Air support will be available. The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 290 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The fire is currently 20,120 acres and 60 percent contained.
Fire Weather: Weather conditions will continue to limit fire activity with relative humidity remaining above 35% with southwest winds gusting to 26 mph. Isolated rain showers are possible with a chance of a wetting rainfall.
Closures and Public Safety: Area closures have expanded on National Forest System lands and the Bureau of Land Management has issued new closures surrounding the Ryan Fire. Closures around the Silver Creek Fire also remain in effect. The closures ensure the protection of public and fire personnel and remains in effect until rescinded. The updated closure orders and maps are available on the Ryan Fire at (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/), and Silver Creek Fire at (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/).
For More Information:
Ryan Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/
Silver Creek Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Ryan Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanFire2018
Silver Creek Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB Fire Info Line: (307) 314-9408