High winds spark spot fire north of Silver Creek Fire containment; homes put back on pre-evac status
High winds out of the southwest on Sunday sparked a spot fire just north of the Silver Creek Fire containment boundary, in an area of heavy beetle-killed timber, according to officials.
Aircraft were unable to fly due to the wind, leaving the spot fire to quickly grow, running approximately one mile to the northeast. Crews have pre-positioned a dozer ahead of the front to begin constructing containment line west, to tie in with the 100 Road.
Containment on the southern portion of the fire near Latigo Ranch and Old Park, held without notable smoke or heat.
The Silver Creek Fire is currently at 19,015 acres with 60 percent containment, according to officials.
Due to the increased fire activity, officials have placed back on pre-evacuation the Lake Agnes Subdivision, Rabbit Ears Village and ranches along Highway 40, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.
Currently 253 personnel are assigned to the Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, which was started by lightning on July 19. One Type 1 and one Type 3 helicopter have been assigned to the fire.
Weather conditions on Monday are expected to improve with relative humidity remaining above 20 percent. Breezy southwest winds with gusts up to 25 mph will remain in the afternoon with the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms.
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