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Firefighters brace for increased fire activity on Silver Creek blaze

Task force leader John Haskvitz walks a dozerline near the edge of Old Park on Friday. The materials that were thinned earlier by crews in preparation for the fire are piled next to the line and will be pushed over the line when it's no longer needed.
McKenna Harford / mharford@skyhinews.com

Containment on the Silver Creek Fire remains at 50 percent as firefighters battling the six week old fire brace for a pair of warm dry days at the end of this week.

Officials overseeing the ongoing suppression efforts for the Silver Creek Fire, burning approximately 16 miles northwest of the town of Kremmling in the Routt and Arapaho National Forests, confirmed Thursday that the fire has seen no growth for nearly a full week now and is still listed at 4,772 acres, the same acreage officials were listing on Sunday.

Fire officials said they are anticipating warm and dry conditions throughout the area Thursday and Friday. The area is forecasted to see increasing moisture on Saturday though.

“As a result, fire activity is gradually increasing in the interior portions of the fire where heat persists,” stated officials. “Small areas of smoke may be visible as the pockets of unburned fuels ignite within the perimeter of the fire.”

The number of personnel battling the blaze continues to decrease. As of Thursday morning a total of 115 personnel were assigned to fight the Silver Creek Fire, down from the 603 personnel assigned to the far on Aug. 20.

Moving forward fire crews will continue to work on strengthening firelines while also monitoring for hot spots and taking action on those hot spots “where safe to do so.” The ongoing fire restoration work related to the Silver Creek Fire will continue along the fire’s perimeter. This work includes the installation of water bars, removal of hazard trees, and chipping excess debris to reduce fuels and minimize erosion.

“Heavy equipment crews have completed constructing contingency fireline along Forest Service Roads 250 and the area directly west of the Old Park community and are working along Forest Service Roads 100, 101 and 101.1A,” stated officials.

Pre-evacuation orders for the areas previously evacuated from the fire, including Old Park, Gore Lakes and Latigo Ranch, were lifted Tuesday. Red Dirt Road remains closed to all public traffic though. Grand County itself remains under stage one fire restrictions.

The Silver Creek Fire kicked off on July 19. Officials believe the fire was sparked by a lightning strike in the area.


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