As Silver Creek Fire containment increases, assigned personnel scaled back |

As Silver Creek Fire containment increases, assigned personnel scaled back

Fire crews near Rabbit Ears Pass finish up work on Friday evening.
Courtesy Kraig Schlueter, Grand County EMS

Despite rain and poor road conditions, fire crews were able to increase the containment on the Silver Creek Fire to 76 percent and continue clean-up and repair efforts.

The Silver Creek Fire has held steady in size for almost a week at about 20,120 acres.

Over the past few days, rain and lower temperatures contributed to slowing fire activity. Today, officials expect those conditions to continue with a chance for up to an inch of snow at points above 9,000 feet elevation.

Officials expect these weather conditions to slow any potential growth and, while the fire may continue to smolder in the interior, continued moisture and low temperatures will reduce that activity as well.

Crews are now being reassigned or sent home and today, the incident command post near Kremmling will be broken down and consolidated with 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.”

Currently, 157 personnel are assigned to the fire.

This week, crews were able to remove staged equipment and grade roads, as well as mop up hotspots, including containing the east side of the northern spot fire.

Repair activities included removing equipment and hoses, laying logs and natural materials over handlines and dozerlines, and maintenance on roads.

Containment increased on the northern side of the fire, as well as on the entire south end.

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