Staffing reduced at Silver Creek Fire

Matt Stensland
The Silver Creek Fire remains at 30 acres.
courtesy photo

— Staffing at the Silver Creek Fire burning southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir has been reduced because of minimal fire activity.

Staffing levels at the fire were at 50 last week but were reduced to 20. The Type 3 management team was replaced Sunday by a Type 4 team led by Michael St. Martin.

Last week, the fire was burning in 30 acres of dense, beetle-killed trees, but the fire has not grown in size. Rain has helped keep the fire calm. Occasionally, single trees will burn.

“It’s kind of just staying put right now,” Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said Tuesday.

Firefighters have not been actively fighting the fire because it is dangerous and instead have focused on making preparations in case the fire moves east down a ridge and onto private property.

Two engines, a 10-person crew, one helicopter and command staff members are staying to manage the fire.

“Every day there is less sunlight and cooler temperatures at night, both of which help to hold down the potential of a fire building up an extreme head of steam,” former incident commander Lathan Johnson said in a news release.

Fire managers have been working closely with Routt County Emergency Management in case the fire went onto private land.

Struble said the county would only incur costs related to the fire if it went onto private land.

The weather forecast for this week calls for partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms through Saturday.

A small portion of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness remains closed and people are required to sign in when using the Silver Creek and Sarvis Creek trails.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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