Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Wildfire north of Breckenridge prompts evacuations

The Peak 2 Fire as seen from the town of Breckenridge Colorado The Peak 2 Fire as seen from the town of Breckenridge Colorado
Felix Bryan | 07 July, 2017, 00:28

The fire is burning in an area with mostly beetle kill trees.

A wildfire has scorched about 60 acres (24.3 hectares) and forced residents from their homes near the Colorado mountain town of Breckenridge.

So for now - mandatory evacuations for 463 homes in the Peak 7 area are still in effect.

The base of the ski resort, which includes hotels and restaurants, has not yet been evacuated.

Eight Forest Service firefighters parachuted in, and two heavy tankers and a helicopter dropped slurry and water on the fire throughout the day.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost in the fire. The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to comply with the evacuation order, which is in place for the safety of the public.

Wildfires are burning in several states, including Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Wyoming. There was seven percent containment as of Thursday afternoon. It has burned about 36 square miles (93.2 sq. kilometers) in Yakima and Benton counties.

He added that 100 animals had also been sheltered.

Palomino Valley residents were told to go to an equestrian events center in Reno, Truckee Meadows fire spokeswoman Erin Holland said. "You can nearly bank on it happening every summer".

Follow the link in the tweet below for more information on the latest evacuations. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Farmer's Korner and Gold Hill neighborhoods remain on pre-evacuation notices, and authorities said Thursday that everyone in Breckenridge should still be aware that they could have to evacuate if the fire grows, though pre-evacuation notices for the town have been lifted.

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