Acreage, not fire spread, increases on Silver Creek Fire with nearly 70 percent containment |

Acreage, not fire spread, increases on Silver Creek Fire with nearly 70 percent containment

An aerial photo of part of the burn scar left by the Silver Creek Fire. Most of the fire is a dirty burn, which means that burned materials and green fuel exist next to each other and allows the interior of the fire to continue burning even after it stops spreading.

Fire behavior was minimal Thursday, with creeping and smoldering observed within the fire’s interior, according to fire officials.

An updated map based on a GPS flight over the fire resulted in an increase in acreage to 5,008 acres, but not actual fire spread.

Friday’s weather calls for cool temperatures, higher humidity and increased chances for showers and thunderstorms.

The fire has not spread since Aug. 18, thanks to the significant firefighting resources that have been levied against it — about 110 personnel remain assigned to the fire — as well as a change in weather conditions. The creeping fall color on the Gore Range is a sign that days are growing shorter and the weather cooler, and is also a good indicator for continued minimal fire behavior.

Firefighters wish to acknowledge the outpouring of support and appreciation from the community with a big “thank you” in return.

Mop-up work and fire restoration continue, with air support from a Type 3 helicopter available.

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