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Silver Creek Fire growth prompts pre-evacuation notices

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire burning for nearly two months has grown quickly, forcing officials to issue pre-evacuation notices to some people who live nearby.

The Silver Creek Fire pre-evacuation order is in effect for Old Park, Gore Lakes, Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain Ranch and Latigo Ranch.

Old Park residents were forced to leave their homes in mid-August because of the fire.

As of noon Friday, the fire had burned 6,870 acres. It is burning west of U.S. Highway 40 and northwest of Kremmling. The wildfire is spreading toward the north and northeast.

Officials also reported a hot spot on the southeast portion of the fire near Latigo Ranch, which is a “priority for suppression.”

A community briefing for Old Park residents is being held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Old Park Fire Hall.

Credit: InciWeb

“Efforts are still underway to evacuate hunters in GMU 27 who are south of the Green Creek fire scar,” officials said on InciWeb.

At least 100 personnel are fighting the fire. According to InciWeb, a small western portion of the fire is located in Routt County.

The fire started on July 19 and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

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