Silver Creek Fire containment jumps to 49 percent
GRANBY — Containment of the Silver Creek Fire, which is burning about 16 miles northwest of Kremmling near Old Park, continues to increase with fire officials estimating current containment at 49 percent.
The dramatic increase in containment follows a weeklong trend that has seen containment increase daily. As recently as last Sunday, containment on the blaze was listed at just 5 percent. According to updates provided by fire officials, the fire grew an estimated 27 acres from Saturday to Sunday.
Routt and Grand counties have seen a series of storm fronts move through over the past week, which have helped the ongoing suppression efforts on the Silver Creek Fire.
Size: 4,772 acres
Containment: 49 percent percent
Location: Gore Mountain
Start date: July 19
“Reduced fire activity will continue due to the intermittent showers and successful suppression efforts,” fire officials said in a news release. “Fire restoration work continues along the perimeter of the fire. Restoration includes the installation of water bars, removing hazard trees, and chipping excess debris to reduce fuels and minimize erosion.”
As containment on the fire has increased, incident command for the fire has slowly reduced the number of firefighters battling the blaze. On Sunday, fire officials reported a total of 311 personnel assigned to the Silver Creek Fire, a nearly 50 percent reduction from the 603 personnel assigned to the fire a week ago.
The decrease in fire activity also has prompted a change in the fire’s command status. On Monday morning, the Rocky Mountain Blue Team, a Type 2 incident command team, transferred command of the Silver Creek Fire over to a Type 3 incident command team.
Fire officials continue to keep a close eye on the weather forecast, which calls for a windy day Monday.
“The front crosses the region early Monday shunting monsoonal moisture away from the region. Very strong post-frontal westerly winds are expected with gusts to 40-45 mph possible through the day,” fire officials said.
While evacuation orders have been lifted for Grand County residents impacted by the blaze, Latigo Ranch and both Old Park and the Gore Lakes areas remain under pre-evacuation status.
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