Silver Creek Fire originating in Routt County moves into Grand, nearing Latigo Ranch
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The Silver Creek Fire in Routt County made a push to the south and east on Tuesday to encompass 781 acres, having previously been under 200 acres, and growing across into Grand County.
Preparations have been made for an increase of this size, according to officials, who had been planning for the fire to spread at some point. Fuels treatment work was done along Forest Road 100, also known as Buffalo Park Road, so it can be used as a fire break.
The fire has now reached Forest Road 100 and fire personnel are actively engaging where it is safe, according to officials. Over 60 personnel are now working the fire, with more on the way.
The nearest structure to the fire, Latigo Ranch in Grand County, is about four miles to the southeast, but is not immediately at risk. The Old Park community is about two miles past Latigo Ranch to the southeast.
A smoke monitor has been set up in Kremmling to keep tabs on air quality during the fire.
A wildfire module from the Black Hills has assumed command of the fire, with Lee Dueker as incident commander.
The Silver Creek Fire was reported July 19 near the peak of Gore Mountain in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness and on the Routt National Forest. The blaze was burning in mixed conifer, which includes lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and both live and bug-killed timber.
Crews are using a full suppression strategy to fight the fire. At its origin, about 10 miles north of Gore Pass and Colorado Highway 134, access is difficult and firefighters were not able to safely fight the fire due to hazard trees.
An area closure has been implemented by the U.S. Forest Service for the immediate fire area and additional National Forest lands that could be impacted by the fire. All of Sarvis Creek Wilderness is closed and National Forest System lands immediately to the east, including a portion of Forest Road 100.
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