Pre-evacuation orders have been issued to several communities after the Silver Creek fire scorched 4,500 acres in a single day, nearly doubling the size of the wildfire.
“Fire behavior was extreme yesterday, with group torching and crown runs, producing fire growth to 9,472 acres,” according to a U.S. Forest Service report.
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Authorities evacuated several hunter camps, including Latigo Guest Ranch and Yost Ranch that were threatened by the 9,472-acre wildfire burning 16 miles northwest of Kremmling.
Pre-evacuation notices have been issued to Old Park, Gore Lakes, Rabbit Ears Village, Bear Mountain Ranch and the Lake Agnes area.
Grand County issued evacuation orders to Milk Creek State Wildlife Area to clear hunters from the fire’s projected path.
Silver Creek fire
Authorities boosted the number of firefighters on Silver Creek to 175. The lightning-caused fire is now 53 percent contained.
Fire managers have mobilized airplane tankers and helicopters in the fight.
Embers from the fire blew across Red Dirt Reservoir and spread through new terrain north of Latigo Guest Ranch.
Weather was hot and windy, with extremely low relative humidity that bottomed out at 7 percent on Thursday. Continued hot, dry weather is forecast at least through the weekend.
Bull Draw fire
The lightning-caused fire grew for the first time in more than a week to 30,721 acres, an increase of 144 acres.
The fire, which is burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, is 60 percent contained.
Only nine firefighters are tasked to the fire that has has been slowly creeping northwest.
Fire managers are concerned that extremely dry and hot conditions this weekend could cause the fire to spread more aggressively.
The lightning-caused wildfire, which ignited Tuesday about 12 miles northwest of Fort Collins, did not grow in the past day.
The fire covers 231 acres and is 35 percent contained. The rugged country in the lower Poudre Canyon is covered with Ponderosa pine trees.
Authorities lifted the voluntary evacuation of the Smith Bridge area.