News Release: State Provides Support to Silver Creek Fire
State Provides Support to Silver Creek Fire
Contact: Caley Fisher | Public Information Officer | 720-391-1565
Lakewood, CO- The Silver Creek Fire, located in Routt and Grand Counties qualified for State Responsibility and received verbal approval for an Executive Order by means of the Colorado Disaster Emergency Fund (DEF).
The Silver Creek Fire started July 19th caused by lightning, 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO. Due to extremely dry fuels and persistent dry, windy weather the fire has grown to 9,472 acres with 35% containment.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) wildland fire mission is to provide support, service, and assistance to local fire agencies and counties, in addition to filling resource and incident management gaps where they occur. DFPC provides wildland fire support to local agencies in the form of funding, state aviation and ground resources, and technical assistance. Funding support and resources have been provided on dozens of wildfires across the state this year, successfully keeping many fires small and limiting suppression costs and property damage.
When a wildfire exceeds local and county capability, additional State assistance can be requested. For wildfires that meet State Responsibility criteria, DFPC assumes management and financial responsibility along with the County. The Colorado Disaster Emergency Act allows for the extension of available funds and provides additional funds to pay for costs associated with the Silver Creek Fire.
So far in 2018, there have been 18 wildfire incidents that have met state responsibility criteria and exceeded the capabilities of the county, with the state providing management and financial assistance of over $40,000,000. The number of these incidents is the second highest on record, trailing only 2002. In comparison, in 2016 and 2017 there were a combined 16 wildland fires that became state responsibility fires and of those, 9 received an Executive Order and funding from the DEF.
For more information on the Silver Creek Fire, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5985/