Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Productive Day on Both 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: Favorable weather conditions and moderate fire behavior resulted in no growth to the Ryan Fire on Wednesday. Fire crews focused on patrolling and hardening fire lines and clearing roads. Structure protection crews continued fire protection measures around Pearl, Colorado and Skyline, Wyoming. If favorable weather conditions persist, night and swing shift crews will begin phasing into day shift over the next several days.
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 remains at 28,409 acres and 35 percent contained.
Silver Creek Fire Current Situation: Yesterday was another productive day on the fire line. Cooler temperatures and light rain fell over the fire area keeping fire behavior minimal and allowing crews to gain containment along the east side of the northern spot fire. Crews also finished containment lines along the entire south end. Grand County’s pre-evacuation notice was lifted for all communities, while a Stage 3 Fire restriction remains in effect. For more information on Grand County fire restrictions, visit: http://gcemergency.com/.
Today, crews will continue their focus on mopping up and increasing containment along the north end of the fire, while progressing on repairing impacts throughout the area. Suppression repair activities include placing logs and other organic material over hand and dozer lines, pulling in berms, and light road maintenance. Crews are also back-hauling miles of hose, pumps, and other equipment that are no longer needed. 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 remains at 20,120 acres and is now 65 percent contained.
Fire Weather: Today, both fires will experience high temperatures between 50-60 degrees and scattered showers with a slight possibility of wetting rains. Winds will be moderate on the Silver Creek Fire with gusts up to 14 mph and stronger on the Ryan Fire with gusts up to 40 mph.
Closures and Public Safety: Area closures on National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management lands remain in place on both fires. The closures ensure the protection of public and fire personnel and remains in effect until rescinded. Closure orders and maps are available for the Ryan Fire at (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/), and the 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/
Fire Info Line: (307) 314-9408