Silver Creek Fire crews prepare for command switch tomorrow |

Silver Creek Fire crews prepare for command switch tomorrow

The Silver Creek Fire is currently 18,719 acres and 56 percent contained.
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Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots and suppression repair efforts in the interior of the Silver Creek Fire before command change occurs tomorrow morning.

Management of the fire will transition from the Rocky Mountain Blue Type II Team to a National Incident Management Organization at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Currently, the fire is at 18,719 acres and 56 percent containment. Officials expect the warm and dry conditions to continue, which means the fire will likely continue to spread in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.

Crews continue to monitor the fire, mop up hot spots where conditions allow and utilize two helicopters for water drops.

With the decrease in air resources and the change in command, the incident command post will be downsized to a spike camp with reduced staffing and the helibase will be moved there.

The new incident command post will be integrated with the Ryan Fire’s post in Walden.

Almost 600 personnel remain assigned to this fire and a strong workforce, including crews, engines and equipment, will remain after the management change.

The surrounding neighborhoods and communities are no longer on pre-evacuation notice, but officials urge residents in the vicinity to register with CodeRed to receive information updates. Forest Service Roads 100 and 101 are still closed.

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