Peak 2 fire evacuations lifted

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BRECKENRIDGE - A neighborhood outside of Breckenridge is no longer under a mandatory evacuation as of 8 p.m. Friday as the Peak 2 Fire continues burning nearby, authorities say.

Residents of the Peak 7 neighborhood are under pre-evacuation orders - meaning they may again have to leave their homes if something changes.

A mountain biker first spotted smoke from the fire around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, and by that afternoon, had grown large enough that it sent a plume of smoke into the sky that was visible for miles, prompting officials to tell the entire town of Breckenridge to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

As of Thursday afternoon, the fire was mapped at 85 acres and is 25 percent contained. It's burning in an area with heavy beetle kill.

The Peak 7 neighborhood, which includes 463 homes, was fully evacuated at around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Those evacuation orders will continue until 8 p.m. Friday to the unpredictability of the weather.

"As we're seeing right now the unpredictability of the weather and the winds makes it very dangerous to be in that subdivision," said Summit County Undersheriff Joel Cochran "The first homes on the northern edge of that subdivision are less than a mile and half away from yesterday's flame front that blew over the ridge."

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The Farmer’s Korner and Gold Hill neighborhoods remain on a pre-evacuation notice.

No structures have been lost due to the fire, no roads are closed and no one has been injured. Investigators haven’t released what caused the fire.

Aerial resources will also continue to conduct water bucket drops.

The following resources have been dedicated to the Peak 2 Fire (362 people):

- Eight smoke jumpers
- One 20-person hotshot crew
- Two 20-person Type II hand crews
- Two helicopters dropping buckets of water
- Several engines patrolling structures in the Peak 7 Neighborhood
- Responding local fire agencies: Red, White & Blue Fire; Lake Dillon Fire; Copper Mountain Fire; Leadville Fire Department; Vail Fire Department; Kremmling Fire; North-West Fire; Grand Lake Fire; Town of Breckenridge; Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Summit County is under a mandatory burn ban. This means no fires of any kind, though barbecue grills are still allowed. 

The evacuees

An evacuation center has been set up at Summit Middle School at 158 School Rd. in Frisco. The Red Cross is providing supplies, and says several dozen people went there on Wednesday. Three of them spent the night.

Summit County authorities will reevaluate the evacuation order at around noon on Thursday.

In a Facebook Post Wednesday night, city leaders asked residents in the Peak 7 subdivision to mark their homes with a white marker like a towel or a sheet to let firefighters know they’ve evacuated safely.

A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area near the fire to allow aerial crews to proceed safely. This order mainly deals with drones. 

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RESOURCES:

  • A public information hotline has been set up. You can reach it by calling: 970-668-9730.
  • Summit County government also has a blog with updates here
  • Get alerts via phone, text, and email with CodeRED.
  • Sign up for Red, White, and Blue Fire District alert system.
  • Human services can help you with food assistance or medication: 970-668-9160.
  • Animal Control and Shelter can provide a place for your pets: 970-668-8600.

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