Summit County Emergency Blog

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Jun 17

Buffalo Fire 95% contained! Pre-evacuation order lifted.

Posted on June 17, 2018 at 11:58 AM by Julie Sutor

Buffalo Fire Information
Lisa Loncar-Incident Commander
Sunday June 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Press Contact: Bill Jackson, District Ranger, 970-389-2460

Buffalo Fire 95% contained; crews continue securing fire perimeter  
Containment: 95 %
Total Personnel: 28
Acres: 81
Start Date: June 12, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Location: 2 miles west of Silverthorne, CO

Summary: This morning, management of the Buffalo Fire transitioned to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team. The fire is now 95 percent contained and received some rain last night and this morning, which is helping to cool smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeter.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuation orders, effective 11 a.m., Sunday, June 17. There are no evacuation or pre-evacuation orders in place.

Today, crews are diligently patrolling the fire area and mopping-up by extinguishing any smoldering hot spots along the perimeter. Fire behavior continues to be minimal, with the potential for occasional smoldering and smoking from the interior of the fire for several more days. 

“We thank the public in advance for adhering to the closure order and remaining completely out of the fire area while crews continue working,” said Bill Jackson, District Ranger. “There are still smoldering hot spots within the fire perimeter that may continue to produce smoke; additionally there are fire-weakened trees, stump holes and ongoing fire operations.”

Trail Closures: The Buffalo Mountain trail, Royal Buffalo trail, Buffalo Cabin trail, Buffalo-Willow Connect trail, the Pasque trail and all other trails or access points that enter the fire area remain closed for public safety. The District is evaluating damage to these trails that may have occurred during the fire and determining next steps for potential rehabilitation and/or restoration.

Volunteer Opportunities: For those interested in helping with future trail restoration efforts, please contact the Friends of Dillon Ranger District at 970-626-3449 or Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness at 303-903-7127. 

Trail Openings: All other trails previously closed are now open: North Tenmile trail, Meadow Creek trail, Lily Pad trail, Gore Range (north Tenmile to the junction of north Willowbrook trail), Salt Lick trail system, Mesa Cortina trail system, Willowbrook trail system, and the area of Red Buffalo Pass. 

Fire Information:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5841/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2018BuffaloFire/ 
Twitter: @SummitCountyGov or @WhiteRiverNews
Fire Information Phone: 970-414-1632 or 970 -468-5400
General Questions for Summit County Sheriff’s Office: 970-453-2232

Jun 16

Buffalo Fire Saturday June 16 Final Evening Blog Post

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 7:35 PM by Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

This will be the last update for the Buffalo Fire on this blog.

For further information on the Buffalo Fire:
Please continue to follow the Buffalo Fire Facebook page. @2018BuffaloFire
Visit Inciweb at 
Or call Buffalo Fire 970-414-1632.

For general Summit County questions, please call 970-453-2232, and for Summit Count road closures, call 970-668-8600

Jun 16

Buffalo Fire Daily Update Saturday June 16th

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM by Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

Skip to main contentDillon Ranger District, White River National Forest Trail & Area Closures:

Call 970-68-5400

General questions for Summit County Sheriff’s Office:


Summit County road closure information:


Fire Size Today:

81 acres






2 miles west of Silverthorne, Colorado




Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team


There will be a community meeting this evening at Silverthorne Elementary at 101 Hamilton Creek Rd in Silverthorne. Doors will open for one-on-one discussions at 4:30pm with the meeting beginning at 5:00pm.

Yesterday, crews completed placing hose along the southern and eastern perimeters of the fire to assist with further mop up efforts. Work continued along the Royal Buffalo Trail as crews removed hazard trees.

In addition to removing hazard trees where it is safe to do so today, firefighters will continue mopping up around the perimeter of the fire and patrolling in the Wildernest & Mesa Cortina neighborhood

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s with increased cloudiness and a relative humidity of 25%. Winds are predicted to be out of the south to southwest at 10-15mph with gusty winds associated with any thunderstorms.
At this morning’s Operational Briefing, Deputy Incident Commander Michael Haydon reminded all involved in the Buffalo Fire to “finish strong and learn one new thing today” as they return home or head to other fires. While fewer firefighters will be present on the fireline, crews will remain engaged with suppression operations.
For the Buffalo Fire, the Summit County Office of Emergency Management used Summit County Alert to notify community members of evacuations. This system sends emergency notifications by phone, email, and text to keep community members informed of unusual events such as evacuation notices, wildfires, floods and hazardous materials spills. Learn more at http://www.co.summit.co.us/1149/Summit-County-Alert.
An area closure remains in place for a portion of the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest for public safety surrounding the Buffalo Fire. Trail closures also remain in place.
This will be the last release from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team. The Buffalo Fire will transition back to a local Type 4 organization at 6:00am on Sunday, June 16. Continue to find fire updates on Facebook and Inciweb. 
Incident Information:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5841/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2018BuffaloFire/
Fire Information – Phone: 970-414-1632 
Email: buffalofire2018@gmail.com