Crews responded Friday to second Breckenridge wildfire on Bald Mountain
A pre-evacuation notice that was issued Friday for the area within a one-mile radius of Baldy Road and Fuller Placer Road in response to a small wildland fire was lifted a few hours later. The notice was in place for roughly two-and-a-half hours.
Three engines and a helicopter responded to the fire, which was first reported at 1:45 p.m. and was estimated to cover less than half an acre. A spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said crews were making “good progress” containing the blaze.
Fire restrictions are currently in place across Summit County, and campfires are prohibited except in metal fire pits at developed sites.
There were several reports of unattended campfire in the Breckenridge area Friday morning although officials are not ready to speculate on the cause of this fire.
A small plume of smoke was visible from further down the road but we can’t get any closer at this time. Residents are being allowed through the checkpoint and a pre-evacuation notice is being initiated in the area.
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