Silver Creek Fire hotspots expected to smolder until winter |

Silver Creek Fire hotspots expected to smolder until winter

An aerial photo of part of the burn scar left by the Silver Creek Fire. Most of the fire is a dirty burn, which means that burned materials and green fuel exist next to each other and allows the interior of the fire to continue burning even after it stops spreading.

Containment on the Silver Creek Fire is now up to 60 percent, but minimal fire activity in the interior continues with isolated torching events and hot spots.

Hot spots persist near Red Dirt Falls, south of Latigo Ranch and northwest of Old Park, but are located in an area difficult to access with dense and large-diameter fuels. These spots continue to produce smoke, especially during hot and dry conditions.

A Type 3 helicopter is available for water drops during flare-ups, but officials estimate that these hotspots will continue to smolder until snow falls in the area.

Crews are still monitoring the fire to mop up hot spots and continue restoration efforts, such chipping and log hauling. Crews finished hazard tree logging and dozer line repair work on Monday.

Cooler temperatures, increased humidity and a chance of thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday. With these conditions, officials predict minimal fire activity to continue over the next 24 hours.

The fire remains at 4,772 acres and just over 100 personnel are assigned to it.

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.

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