Evacuations issued for Spring Creek neighborhood due to wildfire
Update 6:54 p.m.: There are currently about 30 firefighters on scene, along with an additional 20 individuals in support roles. Officials are also utilizing a Type 3 helicopter to drop water buckets on the fire, along with a large air tanker, according to Steve Lipsher, a spokesperson with Summit Fire & EMS.
Officials are now calling it the Deep Creek Fire.
“It’s been burning right on the edge of the forest,” Lipsher said. “Our fear is that if it burns into the deeper timber there’s quite a bit of beetle kill in there. We’re not seeing big runs now. There hasn’t been much in the way of winds. The temperature has been dropping and humidity is going up. But it’s been burning some tall trees. … We hope it doesn’t get deep into the bigger trees and start burning for days.”
Lipsher estimated that only between six and 10 homes had to be evacuated in the area, but that those residents should expect to spend the night somewhere else.
Lipsher said that local officials were in the process of ramping up the county’s emergency operations center to help facilitate logistics and administrative needs for the firefighting efforts, and that fire crews would be left in the area overnight to keep eyes on the fire. (From Summit Daily News)
Update 6:10 p.m.: Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the fire was burning in a way that was not immediately threatening any structures.
The fire is just south of the Grand County line in the White River National Forest. The White River National Forest staff has assumed command of the blaze.
Grand County and Summit County are coordinating responses during the evacuation. Highway 9 from Silverthorne to Kremmling remains open.
Update 4:30 p.m.: The Spring Creek subdivision is being evacuated to the Kremmling fairgrounds after a wildfire broke out in the Dice Hill area.
The Blue Valley area is on pre-evacuation orders at this time.
According to Grand Fire, the blaze is around 25 acres in heavy timber based on an estimate from an aircraft.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office shared the cause of the fire is unknown.
Original story: A new wildfire broke out in Kremmling on Wednesday afternoon amid warm and dry conditions in Grand County.
Kremmling Fire and other local emergency agencies are responding to a smoke report near the Spring Creek subdivision south of town, according to the fire department.
Smoke was reported in the area around 3:45 p.m.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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