Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Fire Crews Remain Alert as Cleanup Begins on 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 is sharing resources between the two fires as appropriate.
Some members of the public have expressed a desire to make donations to fire crews working on the Ryan and Silver Creek Fires. Federal Incident Management Teams cannot accept monetary donations, but the public can make donations to local volunteer fire departments or charities of their choosing.
Ryan Fire Current Situation: The Ryan Fire experienced several rounds of showers in the early morning and afternoon resulting in minimal fire behavior. Evacuation orders for Pearl, Colorado and Skyline, Wyoming were lifted on Thursday and residents can return to those communities. Forest Service and BLM closures remain in effect to ensure public safety and allow fire crews to efficiently remove equipment that remains in the fire area. The Forest Service and BLM will continue to monitor conditions at the Ryan Fire and lift closures when conditions allow.
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 369 personnel assigned to the Ryan Fire. Fire acreage increased to 28,584 acres due to better information from the fire line and the fire remains 35 percent contained.
Silver Creek Fire Current Situation: Fire crews spent a large portion of Thursday removing staged equipment from the fire, but rain caused slick roads within the fire area and limited access. Crews were unable to get into some areas using vehicles or UTVs due to unsafe conditions, but progress was made. Weather will be a determining factor in today's operations and a possibility of thunderstorms in the area and strong winds is possible. Crews will continue to work along the north end of the fire perimeter removing equipment and grading roads as long as they can access the area safely. The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 225 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The fire remains at 20,120 acres and is now 65 percent contained.
Fire Weather: Both fires will likely see another round of showers today with a 60 percent chance of wetting rain. Friday temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s to upper-50s with west northwest winds gusting up to 25 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 the public and fire personnel and remain in effect until rescinded. Closure Orders and maps are available for 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/
Fire Info Line: (307) 314-9408