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Fire crews contain more of Silver Creek Fire as weather causes increased activity

McKenna Harford
Sky-Hi News

Fire crews at the Silver Creek Fire have secured a section of the southern edge of the fireline, increasing the containment level to 13 percent.

Because the Silver Creek Fire is a series of smaller, spotting fires across 2,057 acres of the Routt National Forest, there are many areas of unburned fuel within the fire’s perimeter and along the edges.

Officials said the public can expect to see patchy smoke in the area of the fire, which burns 16 miles northwest of Kremmling since warmer and drier weather has caused an increase in fire activity. Fire activity currently includes single-tree torching, group tree torching and short range spotting.

“Crews continue to construct direct fireline along both the southern and northern edges of the fire,” officials said.

Keeping the fire from reaching Latigo Ranch remains a priority for fire crews.

Closures include the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area, the Muddy Creek Trailhead, Forest Service Roads 100 and 250, as well as the Red Dirt Reservoir, which fire crews are drawing water from.

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Currently, over 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. The fire is being fought under a suppression strategy.

The Silver Creek Fire started on July 19 from a lightning strike.