Red flag conditions cause Ryan, Silver Creek fires to grow during weekend
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In addition to flames, firefighters battled red flag conditions throughout the weekend at the nearby Ryan and Silver Creek wildfires.
After a red flag warning was issued Saturday, fire weather conditions returned to Northwest Colorado on Sunday afternoon, causing increased fire activity at both blazes, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.
Firefighters should get some relief starting Tuesday, when moisture from Hurricane Rosa is forecast to reach northern Colorado. The much-needed rain also has the potential to cause flash flooding at the burn scars.
The Ryan Fire, about 27 miles northwest of Walden, grew more than 2,000 acres over the weekend, primarily on the north and south sides. The fire is now 23,779 acres and 35 percent contained.
On Sunday night, crews conducted a burnout operation, and on Monday, firefighters will continue to work to protect structures as well as extinguish spot fires.
In Colorado, the Pearl area remains under evacuation notice, and Jackson County Roads 7B and 6W are closed, according to the release. Hunters with moose tags in the closure area can contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for a permit to access the area.
Wildland fire investigators located the origin of the fire, and the preliminary investigation indicates it was the result of an escaped campfire. Anyone with information is asked to call the fire information line at 307-314-9408.
The Silver Creek Fire, about 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, grew about 300 acres over the weekend with winds sparking a spot fire north of the containment boundary, according to the release.
The wind grounded helicopters allowing the spot fire to grow quickly in beetle-killed trees. The fire is now 19,015 acres and 60 percent contained.
Pre-evacuation notices for Old Park, Gore Lakes, Latigo Ranch, Yost Ranch, Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village and the ranches and homes along U.S. Highway 40 were lifted Thursday.
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