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Silver Creek Fire blows up, jumps containment lines

Matt Stensland/Steamboat Pilot & Today

The Silver Creek Fire blew up Wednesday afternoon.

This story was updated at 4:18 p.m.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt National Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos has confirmed that the large plume of smoke visible from Steamboat Springs is coming from the Silver Creek Fire.

“The direction that it’s heading is primarily into Grand County,” Voos said.

He said the fire was primarily burning in the interior of the fire, but it has jumped established containment lines and is moving north and northeast on the Routt-Grand county border.

“It’s the northeast portion of the fire right by Buffalo Park,” Voos said.

The fire is currently 4 to 5 miles south of U.S. Highway 40.

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The Forest Service is evacuating hunters and campers in the area of Forest Service Road 100, which is known as Buffalo Park Road.

Much of Western Colorado is under a red flag warning, which means the conditions are ideal for fires.

According to the last Silver Creek Fire update, issued on Sunday, Sept. 9, the fire was at 5,008 acres and 76 percent contained. There were only 28 people assigned to the fire as of today.

More fire information is available on Inciweb.

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