Officials downgrade size of Silver Creek Fire Tuesday |

Officials downgrade size of Silver Creek Fire Tuesday

Continued suppression efforts on the Silver Creek Fire this week has helped slow expansion of the nearly 5,000-acre blaze.

Fire officials listed the size of the fire, burning roughly 16 miles northwest of Kremmling in the Arapaho and Routt National Forests, at 4,745 acres. It has seen minimal growth since late last week when officials were pegging the blaze at a little over 4,500 acres. The fire’s size has slightly decreased since it was mapped on Aug. 19, when it was said to be 4,788 acres.

The decrease in total acreage is due in large part to a better overall picture of the fire’s actual size. When representatives of the Rocky Mountain Blue Team, the Type 2 incident command team brought in late last week to oversee suppression of the fire, issued an update on the Silver Creek Fire on Tuesday morning they noted recent improvements in mapping.

“Thanks to improved mapping and fire managers’ abilities to ground truth, the fire’s perimeter, the overall acreage of the Silver Creek Fire, decreased,” officials said.

Crews have reached 13 percent containment, including the containment of a large spot fire that has been in the area east of Latigo Ranch, according to officials.

Several rounds of rain and thunderstorms were expected throughout the day Tuesday as monsoonal moisture increases across the area. The high temperatures for the day were expected to top out in the upper 60s to low 70s as the relative humidity hovered in the high 20 percent to low 30 percent range. Winds, which have been a constant source of concern with the Silver Creek Fire, were expected out of the west-southwest Tuesday between four and nine miles per hour with gusts up to 20 mph.

“With the increase in moisture predicted today, muddy, slippery conditions will be expected around the fire,” officials said Tuesday. “Crews will continue to mop up around the fire perimeter where it is safe and appropriate.”

Logging equipment and hand crews will continue to work on improving and widening firelines on the southern portion of the fire by removing vegetation near the fireline. On the fire’s western edge, crews will continue to widen indirect firelines near a portion of unconsumed fuel between the fire’s edge and Forest Road 100.

The ongoing suppression efforts on the Silver Creek Fire followed the lifting of evacuation orders for both Old Park and the Gore Lakes subdivision Monday afternoon. Latigo Ranch remains under evacuation orders as firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which officials believe was ignited by a lightning strike on July 19.

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