Peak 2 Fire Evacuation Notices To Stay Active Overnight

Wildfire north of Breckenridge prompts evacuations

One of America's best known ski towns threatened by wildfire

Another day of hot, dry weather is expected Thursday, and firefighters and the Summit County sheriff said at a Thursday morning news conference that wind speeds could pick up later in the day.

According to Fire Chief Jim Keating, a section of Northern Breckenridge called Peak 7 has been issued a mandatory evacuation order as the fire moves closer to the city.

Police allowed people in the evacuated areas to go home and get a few things but they can't sleep there.

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. Highway 9 will remain open in both directions, but roads leading into the Peak 7 neighborhood will be closed overnight with checkpoints for residents.

No injuries have so far been reported in the fire, nor have any structures been lost.

Officials said the fire is now estimated to be 80 acres in size as of Wednesday afternoon.

He added that 100 animals had also been sheltered.

"It doesn't look as intense", Mike said, "the smoke is now blue, white and gray, and the winds are going Southwest back up the hill".

The fire was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday near the ski resort 50 air miles west of Denver. It's unclear at this time how the fire started.

Another community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday. Crews on foot, however, are moving to safer positions away from the fire's potential spread.

The Type III Incident Command now in charge of the fire is expected to transition to a Type I Incident Command team over the next two days.

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