Silver Creek Fire growth slows, containment remains at 50 percent
Silver Creek Fire growth has slowed down following a burnout operation and crew efforts to strengthen firelines and mop up hot spots.
The fire is currently at 18,639 acres, having only grown 36 acres on Tuesday, and remains 50 percent contained. Most of the growth occurred in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area to the north of the fire.
Much of the smoke in the area is due to the fire continuing to burn in the wilderness. Officials expect warm and dry conditions to keep the fire active in the interior where fuels are still available.
Crews continue to strengthen firelines, particularly on the south, east and north sides of the fire, as well as mopping up spots, back hauling equipment and repairing suppression efforts, which include removing sprinklers and hoses.
Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor the area for hot spots. Four helicopters remain assigned to the fire to assist with mop ups.
Management of the fire will shift from the Rocky Mountain Blue Type II Team to a National Incident Management Organization team on Friday morning.
Old Park, Gore Lakes, Latigo Ranch, Yost Ranch, Rabbit Ears Village and the Lake Agnes communities remain on pre-evacuation notice.
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