Crews contain more of Silver Creek Fire as growth slows
Silver Creek Fire growth is down and containment has increased thanks to favorable weather conditions.
At a community briefing Tuesday night, officials shared expected conditions and updated the audience on firefighting efforts being made in the area.
“My objective while I’m here is we’re going to get this fire and we’re going to put it away,” said Jay Esperance, incident commander on the fire. “I have one other goal and that is to see how quickly I can recommend to the forest service that they reopen restricted areas.”
The fire remains at 4,745 acres and containment is up to 15 percent, after crews secured more of the west edge near the Red Dirt Reservoir. Recent rains and higher humidity have slowed fire behavior, officials said.
The fire has received 1.8 inches of rain since it started on July 19, from a lightning strike. Weather forecasts for the next five days predict more possible rain and higher humidity, which is positive for the fire.
Crews continue to use bulldozers and logging equipment to strengthen firelines near Forest Road 100, as well as construct fireline near Forest Roads 250 and 185. On the northeast edge of the fire, crews have built containment lines and safety zones around spot fires.
Where terrain allows, crews have begun fireline repair to improve drainage and prevent runoff. Crews also plan on staying after the fire has been contained to rehabilitate the area.
Strong structure protection methods remain in place and keeping the fire away from structures remains the priority said Shay Rogge, planning operations trainee on the fire. Latigo Ranch remains evacuated and Old Park remains on pre-evacuation status.
Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said residents of Old Park should expect to see fire crews and tools while firefighters continue protecting the area from spot fires, as well as increased patrols of the neighborhood.
Incident commander Esperance choked up near the end of the meeting while praising the crews for all of their hard work and encouraged locals to reach out to thank them or consider volunteering with Kremmling Fire, which he credited for their help.
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