Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Ryan and Silver Creek Fires
October 8, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
National Incident Management Organization
Mike Quesinberry, Incident Commander
Information Center: (307) 314-9408
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Crews Continue to Patrol 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 providing 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.
This will be the final morning update from the Incident Fire Information Team. Future updates will be provided as needed by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland. The NIMO team remains in command of both fires and a total of 6 engines, 2 helicopters, and one air attack plane remain assigned to the fires.
Current Fire Situation: Rain continues to fall on the Ryan and Silver Creek fires. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor both fires while conducting repair work as needed. The preliminary investigation of the Ryan Fire 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 currently 146 personnel assigned to the Ryan Fire. The Ryan Fire acreage remains at 28,585 acres and is now 60 percent contained. The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 33 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The Silver Creek fire remains at 20,120 acres and is still 78 percent contained.
When Fire crews refer to “containment” they are referring to the percentage of the fire’s perimeter that is surrounded by a barrier like a hand line or dozer line. Parts of both the Ryan and Silver Creek Fires are located in remote terrain and inaccessible to fire crews. As local weather conditions continue to take on winter characteristics, containment of both fires will naturally increase.
Fire Weather: Both fires will experience scattered snow storms today. High temperatures are expected in the upper 30’s with west northwest winds generally around 10 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/). Beginning on Tuesday the public can contact the Parks Ranger District at (970) 723-2700, the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District at (307) 326-5258, or the Yampa Ranger District at 970-638-4516 for the latest closure information. The Ryan and Silver Creek Fire Information line will be staffed through Columbus Day and can be reached at 307-314-9408.
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