Silver Creek Fire containment increased, closure area revised
Silver Creek Fire activity has picked up over the last two days with drier weather and gusty winds causing slightly increased single tree and group torching events within the perimeter of the fire.
On Friday, officials increased the containment level to 52 percent and the fire remains at 4,772 acres. The closure area surrounding the fire has also been revised to reopen over 6,000 acres between Highway 134 to Forest Road 243 for hunting and outdoor recreation.
Heat persists within the fire perimeter, so crews are continuing to mop up hotspots and are utilizing a Type 3 helicopter for water dumps. The interior of the fire contains a lot of dirty burn spots, which means that burned vegetation and and green, untouched fuels exist next to each other, allowing the heat to persist.
Heavy equipment crews continue to restore areas along Forest Roads 100 and 101.
There are no longer any structures on pre-evacuation status, but officials are encouraging residents of Latigo Ranch, Old Park and the Gore Lakes communities to sign up for the CodeRED notification system.
Weather on Saturday is expected to bring cooler temperatures and a chance of thunderstorms, which could help wet the area and fuels. Officials expect these conditions to help moderate fire activity over the next 24 hours.
Officials advise that there has been an increase in visible smoke because of the increased fire activity and expect more visible smoke if thunderstorms develop in the area.
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