Firefighters start to get containment on Peak 2 fire near Breckenridge | AspenTimes.com

Firefighters start to get containment on Peak 2 fire near Breckenridge

Peak 7 neighborhood remains under evacuation

Staff report
Summit Daily
Firefighters are expecting another hot, dry day, with sporadic winds. Firefighter and public safety remains a top priority.
Hugh Carey/Summit Daily

UPDATE: Officials said Thursday afternoon that the Peak 2 Fire is now 7 percent contained and remains roughly 80 acres in size. Cloud cover and cool temperatures throughout the day have limited fire activity significantly, although periodic spotting is still occurring.

Roughly 100 personnel are actively fighting the fire, including three helicopters that could be seen making repeated water bucket dumps on the fire’s northern end throughout the day. That area is where officials say hand crews are focusing their efforts, digging containment lines on the burn’s northeastern flank.

The Peak 7 evacuation is still in place. The town of Breckenridge and the Gold Hill, Silver Shekel and Farmer’s Korner neighborhoods remain under a pre-evacuation notice.

A press briefing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Summit Middle School. The cause of the fire is still unknown and won’t be able to be investigated until it is further contained.

Initial reports of the fire, located between Breckenridge and Frisco, came into the Summit County 911 Center at 11:11 a.m. by a mountain biker, Wednesday, July 5.

The Peak 7 Neighborhood, which includes approximately 463 residences, was elevated to full evacuation at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The town of Breckenridge, as well as the Farmer’s Korner, Gold Hill and Silver Shekel neighborhoods, are on pre-evacuation notice. As of Thursday morning, the fire was approximately 2 miles northeast of the Peak 7 neighborhood.

No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been destroyed as a result of the fire; no highway closures have been issued.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Breckenridge Police Department have been patrolling the Peak 7 neighborhood to inform the residents about the evacuation order. The sheriff’s office encourages the public to comply with the evacuation order, which is in place for the safety of the public.

The Red Cross is operating an evacuation shelter at Summit Middle School, 158 School Rd., Frisco.

Wednesday evening, the fire was mapped at 82 acres with some spotting to the north and the south.  There is no containment at this time.


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