Snow, cool weather helps dampen Silver Creek Fire; now 78 percent contained |

Snow, cool weather helps dampen Silver Creek Fire; now 78 percent contained

Showing the burn scar from the Silver Creek Fire on Sept. 24. Burning operations are slated to begin soon in Grand County to help prevent forest fires.

Wednesday will be the last shift for the National Incident Management Team on the Silver Creek Fire as stewardship of the fire shifts back to local U.S. Forest Service resources.

The fire has remained at 20,120 acres and containment is up to 78 percent, according to officials.

With fire risk dwindling due to winter-like weather in the area since Sunday, the forest service on Tuesday rescinded fire restrictions within Routt National Forest, which is where the fire began and has persisted since July.

While fire restrictions have been lifted, officials confirmed the area closure for the fire is still in place. It will be re-evaluated frequently, according to officials.

Updates on the Silver Creek Fire Facebook page have also ceased as of Sunday, but will resume if necessary.

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