Buffalo Mountain Fire, Day 2: No overnight growth, fire 0% contained

Evacuated residents can return home temporarily

Staff report
Summit Daily
Flames engulf the trees in the Wildernest neighborhood Tuesday, June 12, near Silverthorne.
Hugh Carey/Summit Daily

As of Wednesday morning, June 13, there was no overnight growth of the Buffalo Mountain Fire, it remains at 91 acres. There is no containment at this time, according to Julie McCluskie, spokesperson at the joint information center for the Buffalo Mountain Fire.

On Wednesday, the Summit County Emergency blog has stated that starting at 7 a.m., residents and guests living above the road closures at either Twenty Grand and Ryan Gulch Road on the Wildernest side and Starlight and Royal Buffalo Drive on the Mesa Cortina side will be allowed to temporarily return to their homes to collect personal items.

The last entry into the area will be allowed at 10 a.m. with everyone required to be out of the area by 11 a.m. Check points are in place and anyone attempting to enter this area will be required to show some form of verifying information that they live or are staying past the road closure. This allowance this morning is subject to immediate change should the fire behavior change or pose any unacceptable risk to these areas.

Here are the official information channels and resources related to the #BuffaloFire. (last updated 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2018):

Public Hotline: (970) 668-9730 – 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Emergency blog:
En español:
Facebook: SummitCountyGov
Twitter: @SummitCountyGov

If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. For the latest smoke outlook, visit:

This story will be updated throughout the day. 


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