Firefighters prevent major growth despite stormy day Wednesday |

Firefighters prevent major growth despite stormy day Wednesday

Jacob Tucker, a member of the ground crew, mans his post as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter takes off from Steamboat Springs Airport on Tuesday. The helicopter was being used to battle the Silver Creek Fire southeast of Steamboat Springs. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The daily sound of a Chinook helicopter thumping overhead has become common in Steamboat Springs, where pilots stop to refuel while fighting the Silver Creek and Ryan wildfires in Routt National Forest.

The Silver Creek Fire has grown to 12,610 acres and is spreading to the east in sagebrush and grass and to the north through timber. Officials estimate the fire is 35 percent contained.

Over 500 personnel are assigned to the fire, and crews are working 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 U.S. 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 helping with aerial ignition for a planned burn out.

The Ryan Fire, about 20 miles northeast of Clark, is an estimated 2,512 acres with no containment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Sky-Hi News contributed to this report. 

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