Silver Creek Fire updates

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

What’s New: Routt National Forest modified the Silver Creek Fire Closure Area yesterday. See Closures and Public Safety for details. Yesterday was warmer and dryer than expected; however, fire behavior remained minimal, and containment increased to 76%. Fire crews worked persistent hot spots near the Wilderness boundary and at the south end of the fire, as heavy equipment operations were completed. Today’s weather calls for cool temperatures, lower humidity, and a small chance for showers and thunderstorms.

With the completion of repair work, command staff and crews will be reduced to that which is needed to patrol and maintain the fire within its existing perimeter outside of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area. The current Type 3 organization will be downsized, by Monday, to include a handful of necessary command staff, four Type 6 engines, one dozer, one water tender, and one Type 3 helicopter.

Fire Statistics:
Fire Size Today: 5,008 acres
Containment: 76%
Cause: Natural/Lightning
Start Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Strategy: Full suppression
Location: 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO
Management: Type 3 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Erick Stahlin
Assigned Personnel: 84

Closures and Public Safety: Routt National Forest reduced the size of the Silver Creek Fire Closure Area yesterday afternoon. National Forest System lands along the south and east ends of the previous closure area have reopened. The new southern boundary follows Forest Roads 100 and 250, with Forest Road 100 remaining closed from the Forest
boundary signt north to the Sarvis Creek Trailhead. Forest Road 250 is closed at its north end, from its intersection with Forest Road 100 south to 102. The new eastern boundary follows Red Dirt Creek, with lands east and north of the creek now open for recreational access. Hunters and recreating public are advised to review the closure at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbr/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5139680&width=full.

Forest officials and fire officials evaluate the closure order frequently for any needed revisions. County Roads 17 and 19 remain closed to all but local traffic.

Residents are encouraged to register for CodeRED, Grand County’s emergency notification system to continue to receive vital information for this fire and future incidents. To receive notifications through CodeRED, please visit the website https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/8353F1C0B3BC.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for Routt National Forest System lands. Detailed information is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd585138.pdf.

For More Information:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/
Twitter: @FS_MBRTB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SilverCreekFire2018/
Fire & Hunter Information Phone Line: (970) 638-4516; Monday – Friday; 8:00 – 5:00

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