Silver Creek Fire now over 13,000 acres, crews prepare for burnout operations
Cooler temperatures and cloudy skies yesterday slowed Silver Creek Fire growth and allowed crews to improve firelines and hose lays.
The fire is now at 13,238 acres, but remains 35 percent contained. Although weather conditions were more favorable yesterday, no measurable rain fell over the fire.
Crews strengthened fireline and continued to mop up on the east side of the fire in preparation for potential gusty winds that would impede crews and present safety issues. Temperatures today are predicted to be in the low- to mid-60s with dropping humidity levels.
More fireline was put in place on the north side of the fire in an effort to keep it from spreading closer to the Rabbit Ears Village and Lake Agnes neighborhoods. Fire activity on the south side remained on the interior of the containment lines.
Fire officials continue to keep an eye on weather and fuels conditions in preparation for a burnout and hand-firing operations on the northern and eastern sides of the fire to reduce fuels in those areas.
About 620 personnel are currently assigned to the fire and six helicopters remain in service for water drops, which may be utilized today if hot spots emerge.
Structure protection groups remain in place and have set up sprinkler systems while continuing to monitor fire activity.
Latigo Ranch and Yost Ranch remain evacuated, while Old Park, Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain Ranch and the Lake Agnes area remain on pre-evacuation notice.
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