Officials expect winds, chance of rain Wednesday to affect nearly 13,000-acre Silver Creek Fire |

Officials expect winds, chance of rain Wednesday to affect nearly 13,000-acre Silver Creek Fire

A map of the Silver Creek Fire showing current size, containment and closures.
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With a chance of rain and unpredictable winds, fire officials expect weather to heavily influence Silver Creek Fire activity Wednesday.

The fire has grown to 12,611 acres, spreading in the sagebrush and grass to the east and through timber to the north. Officials estimate a 35 percent containment level.

With the weather conditions, officials are warning that more smoke is expected in the afternoon along Highway 40.

Flames continued to burn interior fuels and timber pockets with some moderate to long range spotting downwind on Tuesday.

Over 500 personnel are currently assigned to the fire. Crews are continuing to improve dozer lines and lay hose along Forest Service Road 100, while looking for opportunities to burn out fuels when conditions are right.

Crews are also patrolling Latigo Ranch, Forest Service Road 100 and Highway 40 from Tyler Mountain to Rabbit Ears Village. Structure protection groups are based at Latigo Ranch and in the Lake Agnes area. Latigo Ranch and Yost Ranch remain evacuated, while the Lake Agnes area, Rabbit Ears Village and Bear Mountain are still on pre-evacuation notice.

Air resources continue to play an important role in dropping water and assisting in recon. A helicopter may also help with aerial ignition for a planned burn out.

Other equipment includes dozers, skidders and feller bunchers, which are being utilized in the Muddy Creek Drainage area to improve fire lines and open up old roads west of Albert Reservoir.

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