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Latigo Ranch evacuated as Silver Creek Fire grows

Bryce Martin
Sky-Hi News

The Silver Creek Fire burns in Routt and Arapahoe national forests on Thursday.

GRANBY — Latigo Ranch, about 17 miles northwest of Kremmling, is being evacuated as the Silver Creek Fire closes in.

The popular dude ranch and cross-country skiing destination on Grand County Road 1911 is the closest group of structures to the fire. The blaze is a little more than one mile away from the ranch, according to Lt. Dan Mayer, of the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

"We're on high alert," said Lisa George, co-owner of Latigo Ranch. "There's smoke that is looming large on our horizon."

High winds Sunday caused the fire, which has burned more than 2,000 acres of Routt National Forest in Routt and Grand counties, to break across an action point on the southern edge. That prompted officials to issue a pre-evacuation notice for Latigo Ranch before the mandatory evacuation order was issued Monday evening.

Smoke from the blaze dramatically increased Monday as winds continued to gust, pushing the fire toward the ranch.

"It's getting closer," George said. "We're a little distressed."

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Officials also have issued a pre-evacuation order for the community of Old Park, which contains an estimated 200 homes. If winds change direction, the Silver Creek Fire could be pushed toward that area, according to Mayer.

More than 200 people are fighting the Silver Creek Fire with the assistance of two helicopters for water drops, five bulldozers to create containment lines and six engines. Crews from Kremmling Fire Department, along with the Grand County Sheriff's Office, are actively monitoring the scene as a precaution.

The fire began July 19 and was caused by lightning.