Silver Creek Fire grows to 11,400 acres; Evacuation order remains for 2 communities

View of Silver Creek Fire from Steamboat. Sept. 15, 2018

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. –Fire managers said the Silver Creek Fire northwest of Kremmling in Grand County had grown to 11,405 acres by Sunday morning. Containment had dropped to 35 percent from 53 percent Friday.

Residents of the Old Park and Gore Lakes areas in Grand County were told they must evacuate Friday night because of the new growth of the fire, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fire 16 miles northwest of Kremmling has been burning since July. It’s grown again during the last few days as a result of hot, dry, windy weather.

Residents of Old Park have faced mandatory evacuation before. They had to leave their homes one month ago. Latigo Guest Ranch and the Yost Ranch were evacuated Thursday.

There are 275 people helping to fight the fire.

A lightning strike started the fire in Routt County on July 19. It burned in rugged terrain and crossed into Grand County.

The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team assumed command of the fire Friday evening.

Officials say that overnight Saturday, crews will patrol the southeast portion of the fire near communities currently under evacuation.