Ryan and Silver Creek Fires Experience Second Day of Active Fire Due to Red Flag Conditions

The Ryan fire is currently 23,779 acres and 35 percent contained.

Ryan Fire Current Situation: Red flag weather conditions returned to the fire at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday resulting in increased fire activity on both the north and south side of the fire. The fire moved north aggressively around Bear Mountain causing the Carbon County Sheriff’s office to evacuate several homes in the Skyline area of Wyoming. Fire crews also moved down Forest Service Road 498.2C, along the south side of the fire, extinguishing spot fires until strong winds pushed the fire east of the road toward Independence Mountain in Wyoming. The Pearl area in Colorado remains under an evacuation notice and the Jackson County Sheriff’s office has closed County Roads 7B and 6W. Hunters with valid Moose tags in Colorado Hunt Area 161 should contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s office to receive a permit to access closed areas south of Big Creek in the Grizzly Helena Area.

Fire crews staffed engines through the night focusing on protection of private property and structures in both the Skyline area of Wyoming and the Pearl area of Colorado.

Today crews will continue focusing on protecting structures, private property and other resources on the north, east and south sides of the fire. Firefighters will also be patrolling and extinguishing spot fires that may occur along fire lines and clearing downed trees along priority roads.

Although the preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was likely the result of an escaped campfire, the fire does remain under investigation and anyone with information that may assist in the fire investigation should call the fire information line at 307-314-9408.

The Ryan Fire, located 27 miles northwest of Walden, Colorado, started on September 15, 2018. There are 323 personnel assigned to the Ryan Fire. The fire is currently 23,779 acres and 35 percent contained.

Silver Creek Fire Current Situation: High winds continued out of the southwest yesterday, sparking a spot fire just north of the Silver Creek Fire containment boundary, in an area of heavy beetle-killed timber. Aircraft were unable to fly due to wind. The spot quickly grew, running approximately one mile to the northeast. Crews have pre-positioned a dozer ahead of the front to begin constructing containment line west, to tie in with the 100 Road. Containment on the southern portion of the fire near Latigo Ranch and Old Park, held without notable smoke or heat.

The Silver Creek Fire, located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, Colorado was started by lightning on July 19, 2018. There are currently 253 personnel, one Type 1, and one Type 3 helicopter assigned to the Silver Creek Fire. The fire is currently 19,015 acres and 60 percent contained.

Fire Weather: Weather conditions are expected to improve with relative humidity remaining above 20%. Breezy southwest winds with gusts up to 25 mph will remain in the afternoon with the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Closures and Public Safety: Area closures are in place on National Forest System lands surrounding the Ryan Fire and the Silver Creek Fire to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel and will remain in effect until rescinded. The complete closure orders and maps are available on the Ryan Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/), and on the Silver Creek Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/).