Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Yampa Ranger District
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
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 fires as appropriate.
Ryan Fire Current Situation: Wetting rains continue to fall across the Ryan Fire minimizing fire activity, allowing the Forest Service to reduce closures on the north side of the fire around Noon yesterday. An updated closure map can be found on the fire’s Inciweb page, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Closures are being monitored and will be lifted when conditions allow. Fire crews will begin partial demobilization over the next several days. The NIMO team will continue to manage structure protection measures and patrol crews in the area.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was the result of an escaped campfire, but remains under investigation. 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 remains at 28,584 acres due and the fire remains 35 percent contained.
Silver Creek Fire Current Situation: Wetting rains and poor road conditions made access to portions of the fire area difficult yesterday, but crews continued cleanup and repairs. Silver Creek Fire crews are now being reassigned to smaller patrol divisions or heading home. Today crews will begin breaking down the Incident Command Post and command will be consolidated at the Ryan Fire base.
“The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) would like to thank local emergency responders and members of the community for their assistance, patience and support,” said NIMO Deputy Incident Commander Tom Kurth. “Given the circumstances of the 2018 summer, this incident was exceedingly long, and residents were exposed to smoke, fire traffic, and evacuation notices. We want to thank each and every one of you for your willingness to provide local knowledge that allowed us to be successful and to be part of this community".
The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 157 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The fire remains at 20,120 acres and is now 76 percent contained.
Fire Weather: Both fires will likely experience scattered storms today with up to an inch of snow above 9,000 feet. High temperatures are expected high 40’s to low 50’s with south to southwest winds gusting up to 20 mph.
Closures and Public Safety: Area closures on National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management lands remain in place on both fires. Updated 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