Breckenridge wildfire grows to 70 acres, Peak 7 neighborhood evacuated

The Peak 2 Fire as seen from the town of Breckenridge Colorado

Two heavy tankers and a helicopter dropped slurry and water on the fire yesterday and it did appear to be dying down as temperatures cooled during the night.

The town of Breckenridge, home to ski resorts and other tourist destinations, is on pre-evacuation notice.

The fire, one of several burning across the West, was reported by a mountain biker late Wednesday morning and is consuming beetle-killed trees in the White River National Forest.

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

However, evacuation orders are expected to remain in place until midday on Thursday. There was seven percent containment as of Thursday afternoon.




Red White and Blue Fire protection reports that firefighters are on the scene and alert residents not to call 911 unless it is an emergency. It has burned about 36 square miles (93.2 sq. kilometers) in Yakima and Benton counties. That includes at least 463 residences, officials say.

Evacuees with any animal shelter needs were also asked to contact the Summit County Animal Control office for assistance.

The Peak 2 fire as seen from Breckenridge, Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. "You can nearly bank on it happening every summer".

The wildfire broke out in the Gold Hill Trail area near Breckenridge, the latest in a string of blazes that have broken out across the state amid extremely hot and dry weather. That man allegedly set 8 brush fires and later opened fire on a forest service employee investigating the fires Tuesday.

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