Silver Creek fire in Grand County fueled by hot, dry weather.

The Silver Creek fire, burning about 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, roared Thursday in dry, hot weather, growing by more than 1,000 acres and spewing an enormous smoke column that could be seen in Steamboat Springs.

On Thursday morning the fire was reported to be at about 5,008 acres. Later in the day the estimate was up to 6,870 acres, according to fire officials.

A pre-evacuation notice was issued by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office for residents of the Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village and Bear Mountain Ranch areas northeast of the fire. Pre-evacuation notices were also issued for Gore Lakes, Latigo Ranch and Old Park.

On Thursday, firefighters used multiple single-engine air tankers to “protect hunter camps” that had not yet been evacuated. The safety and evacuation of hunters and campers quickly became a priority Thursday as the fire raged.

The sheriff’s office and fire officials worked to evacuate hunters from an area south of the Green Creek fire scar. Officials also put plans in place to keep hunters out of an area north of Red Dirt Reservoir.

The fire’s huge smoke column was also visible along U.S. Highway 40 and Kremmling.

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