The Silver Creek Fire began in Fly Hills at 4pm, July 29, 1998. Officially identified as Fire K30285, the fire was spotted from the Queest Lookout Tower and waterbombers were deployed within the first 13 minutes. On August 9, an evacuation order was issued for the Salmon Valley area affecting 7000 residents.
The fire reached its largest size at 6,300 ha on August 14 and was under control by August 18. The evacuation order was officially lifted on August 17. Overall the ordeal spanned a total of 92 days from the initial spark to the final fire review on October 17.