Breckenridge wildfire grows to 70 acres, Peak 7 neighborhood evacuated

Jul 07, 2017, 00:28
Breckenridge wildfire grows to 70 acres, Peak 7 neighborhood evacuated

Officials said about 450 homes outside the town of Breckenridge, Colo., remain under mandatory evacuation orders as firefighters work to stamp out a wildfire in the area.

The Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District says homes on Peak 7 have been evacuated, and residents in the area of Gold Hill have been warned that they might have to leave.

Viewer Dustin Bates sent us pictures of the smoke billowing up near Fresco and Breckenridge.

The fire has not burned any structures and died down as temperatures cooled Wednesday night.

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However, evacuation orders are expected to remain in place until midday on Thursday.

Officials said the fire is now estimated to be 80 acres in size as of Wednesday afternoon. An evacuation center is set up at Summit Middle School.

He added that 100 animals had also been sheltered. Authorities said the smoke level Thursday was "moderate" and weren't extremely concerning to most people, though that could change.

The fire was among several in the West, including one that was burning near a nuclear facility in Washington state. It's unclear at this time how the fire started.

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UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): Summit County has just declared a fire hazard emergency banning all open fires and the sale of fireworks. Crews on foot, however, are moving to safer positions away from the fire's potential spread.

The Peak 2 Fire is now a Type 3 Incident Command structure and is expected to transition into a Type 1 Incident Comman Team over the course of the next two days.

The photo below was posted at 6:41 a.m. Thursday by Carol McKinley.

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