Containment on Silver Creek Fire increases, incident command transferred |

Containment on Silver Creek Fire increases, incident command transferred

The Silver Creek Fire burns in Routt and Arapahoe national forests.
Courtesy Adam Brombley

Containment on the Silver Creek Fire burning in both Grand and Routt Counties northwest of Kremmling continued to improve Monday with fire officials now calculating containment on the nearly six-week old fire at 49 percent.

The announcement of Monday morning’s improvement in containment followed the transfer of operational command on the fire from a type two incident command team to a type three command team. The transfer officially took place at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

“We will continue the progress made by the two previous incident management teams on this full suppression fire,” said new Incident Commander Robert Lehmann. “Our highest priority remains the safety of the public and firefighters. We want to work with local residents that are affected by our operations and minimize the interruption we may cause.”

The transfer of operational command represents a downgrade in the severity of the fire and ongoing suppression efforts. The move to downgrade the Silver Creek blaze to a type three incident follows a recent period of relatively cool wet weather. Fire officials noted a front cross through the region early Monday that moved moisture away from the area. Weather forecasts for the area predict strong westerly winds moving behind the front producing gusts as high as 45 mph.

According to data provided by fire officials the Silver Creek Fire saw no growth Sunday. As of Monday morning the fire was listed at 4,772 acres, the exact same acreage authorities listed the previous day. The number of personnel assigned to the fire continues to decrease as well. Monday morning figures tallied 261 individuals working the Silver Creek Fire, a significant reduction from the 603 personnel that were assigned to the fire last Monday.

Moving forward fire crews will continue to patrol the fireline and “take action on hot spots where safe to do so,” according to updates from officials.

“Fire restoration work continues along the perimeter as well,” officials stated. “Heavy equipment crews are constructing indirect fireline along Forest Service Roads and immediately west of the Old Park community.”

Latigo Ranch along with the Old Park and Gore Lakes areas remain under pre-evacuation status after evacuation orders were previously lifted for residents of those locations.

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