Silver Creek Fire sees no growth Sunday; over 600 now fighting blaze
A relatively cool Sunday in the high country saw no growth to the Silver Creek Fire that continues to burn northwest of Kremmling in Routt National Forest.
As of Monday morning federal officials overseeing the firefighting efforts on the Silver Creek Fire listed the blaze at 4,780 acres in size. The fire’s overall containment level was upgraded Monday morning from five percent, as of Sunday, to 10 percent. Officials also noted an increase in firefighters assigned to the blaze.
Sunday morning representatives of the Rocky Mountain Blue Team, the Type 2 incident command team overseeing suppression efforts on the fire, listed total firefighting personnel at 514. By Monday morning officials were tallying nearly 100 additional firefighters on the Silver Creek blaze. Total firefighting personnel figures now stand at 603.
Blue Team representatives confirmed Monday morning that no structures have been damaged from the Silver Creek fire and no injuries have been reported. Authorities stated they are expecting warmer temperatures and drier conditions in the area on Monday resulting in smoke and haze becoming visible across the region’s sunny skies.
“As high pressure builds across the region, winds become more westerly and may gust to 15 mph,” officials stated. “Relative humidity will steadily decrease to around 20 percent, despite increasing cloud cover this afternoon. Temperatures will warm to the mid-70s, with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.”
Authorities stated they continue to engage the Silver Creek Fire as a “full suppression” effort as both hand crews heavy equipment operators continue to construct and prepare firelines.
“Firefighters have completed fire line and mopup near Red Dirt Reservoir, increasing containment to 10 percent,” officials stated. “West of the Old Park and Gore Lakes communities, bulldozers have finished construction of fireline south of Forest Road 100 and toward Forest Road 243. Logging equipment and hand crews continue to strengthen that line by further clearing vegetation.”
Blue Team representatives stated bulldozers are working to construct firelines near Old Park to the northeast from Forest Road 100. As that work continues hotshot crews and bulldozers are building firelines directly along much of the fire’s west flank while heavy logging equipment works to strengthen contingency lines west of the fire at Forest Road 250 and 570.
As the ongoing suppression efforts continue firefighters and fire engines remained stationed at Latigo Ranch, Old Park and the Gore Lakes subdivision, all of which received evacuation orders last week that remain in effect at this time. Assisting firefighters on the blaze are three helicopters and other local air resources that “are available for support as needed,” according to officials.
A portion of Highway 134, which leads west from Wolford Mountain Reservoir past Old Park and up and over Gore Pass, remains closed Monday morning due to firefighting activity. The Silver Creek Fire started on July 19. Fire officials believe the blaze was started by a lightning strike.
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