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Wildfire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate in Breckenridge Colorado

5 Jul 2017, 8:34 pm

Officials urged all residents in the town of Breckenridge to prepare for an evacuation should a nearby wildfire spread.

As of Wednesday evening, the Peak 2 wildfire scorched 82 acres. The close proximity of the fire to the Peak 7 subdivision in Breckenridge caused authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation for all 463 homes.

The wildfire was positioned roughly 2.5 miles away from the Peak 7 subdivision.

Smoke was seen billowing out of the forest Wednesday afternoon when the fire grew rapidly. Resources were quick to respond and Summit County says the following resources have been deployed:

  • Eight USFS smokejumpers
  • Two heavy tankers with slurry
  • Bucket drops from a type 1 helicopter

Additional resources will be called to the scene on Thursday.

The intense and quick efforts from fire crews helped slow the fire’s spread, but officials say a wind shift during the late afternoon pushed the fire back into the burn area, slowing the spread.

Summit County Commissioners have enacted a full fire ban. The county also requests that drones stay far away from the fire as they may impede firefighting efforts.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

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