UPDATED: Authorities issue evacuation notice for Old Park as Silver Creek Fire expands | SkyHiNews.com

UPDATED: Authorities issue evacuation notice for Old Park as Silver Creek Fire expands

Smoke from the Silver Creek Fire rises above the Gore Range northwest of Kremmling Monday evening.
Lance Maggart / lmaggart@skyhinews.com

Update at 5:30 p.m.: Fire and county officials are using the CSU Extension Hall as the main evacuation point. They will be hosting a community briefing at 9 p.m. tonight at West Grand High School.

An evacuation of Old Park, northwest of Kremmling, is currently underway Wednesday afternoon after the continued expansion of the Silver Creek Fire prompted the decision by emergency personnel.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon fire officials issued an evacuation notice for residents of Old Park, the modestly developed unincorporated community along Highway 134 west of Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Emergency personnel are asking citizens to keep clear of the area’s roads and highways.

Sheriff’s deputies are going door to door to make sure all residents of Old Park, both on the north and south side of Highway 134, are evacuating. Officials encourage anyone evacuating to bring important documents, prescription drugs, a suitcase for 3-5 days of clothes and identification.

The fire has now grown to over 3,300 acres, according to Inciweb, an all-risk incident web information management system provided by the United States Forest Service. Officials have increased the level of containment to 18 percent due to lengthening containment lines on the north side of the fire, up from the 5 percent that was reported Tuesday.

Hotter and drier weather conditions have contributed to the growth and activity.

On Monday evening, local fire officials began notifying residents of the unincorporated community of Old Park, which contains about 200 homes, that the area was being placed on pre-evacuation notice. A community meeting was held Monday night at Kremmling Fire’s Old Park fire station just off Highway 134 that featured emergency personnel reviewing the procedures local residents should take in anticipation of evacuation orders

This story will be updated as more details emerge.

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