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Summit Fire & EMS moves to assist with Silver Creek Fire

Summit Daily staff report

An outline of the Silver Creek Fire burning about 16 miles north of Kremmling. The fire has grown to over 6,800 acres over the last day, and Summit Fire & EMS is now assisting on the blaze.

Summit County Fire & EMS has been called in to assist with the Silver Creek Wildfire burning about 16 miles northwest of Kremmling. After weeks of relative quiet, the fire "blew up" on Wednesday, spurring federal officials to evacuate hunters and campers in the area.

A local federal fire engine arrived on scene Wednesday night, and a type VI engine and crew from Summit Fire arrived early Thursday morning to assist with the blaze. A smoke plume from the fire could be visible north of Summit County if the wind picks up again in the next several days, according to Jeff Berino, fire chief at Summit Fire & EMS.

The fire is currently burning over 6,800 acres of forest service land, according to Inciweb, an interagency incident information management system. A Type 3 incident management team is on scene and additional resources have been ordered, including multiple single-engine air tankers. More than 100 fire personnel are actively fighting the fire.

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued by Grand County for residents in the Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village and Bear Mountain areas northeast of the fire.

As Summit County and the surrounding area enter its "second wildfire season," Berino cautioned residents to remain careful. He noted that the fire danger sign would likely be rising to high in the coming days due to warm and dry weather conditions over the coming week. Open burning permits won't likely issued until snow is on the ground.