Silver Creek Fire burning 12-15 acres, more than 100 firefighters on scene

An air tanker makes a retardant drop on a fire burning in Silver Falls State Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Photo: Chopper 2/KATU)

More than 100 firefighters are battling the Silver Creek Fire, which sprung up in Silver Falls State Park late Thursday night.

Members from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Drakes Crossing Rural Fire Protection District are fighting the 12-15-acre blaze.

The Howard Creek Horse Camp within Silver Falls State Park has been closed, as well as Camp Silver Creek and all back-country trails.

The rest of the park and events scheduled there this weekend are unaffected and remain open, but visitors are warned to be aware of firefighting activity and traffic.

The fire is 10 percent contained.

“Because the fire is in steep, heavily timbered terrain in a section of the park away from roads and trails, getting ground crews up to the fire has been challenging," said the fire's incident commander Brent O'Nion with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Firefighter safety is a concern and our number one priority right now as we battle this blaze.”

“We had solid initial attack on the fire from the air yesterday, with response from a helicopter, single-engine airtankers and large airtankers,” said O’Nion. “That gave our firefighters time to work their way toward the fire so they could begin engaging on it.”

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