Fire near Breckenridge, Colorado, forced evacuation of hundreds


The Peak 2 wildfire, estimated to be 80 acres in size now, broke out in the in the area of Gold Hill of the White River National Forest in Summit County around 11:11 a.m. Around 463 residents in an area known as Peak 7 in Breckenridge have been evacuated, but no structures have yet been destroyed. The evacuated area includes a mix of large vacation homes and smaller cabins owned by service workers, The Gold Hill neighborhood is on pre-evacuation notice Wednesday evening.

Fire near Breckenridge resort, Colorado

Eight USFS smokejumpers parachuted in to the area and two heavy tankers have been making slurry runs. More ground resources are on the way. Firefighters from Leadville, Vail and Park County are assisting in fighting the fire and Grand County firefighters are on the way. A federal incident management team is also coming in to manage the fire, according to emergency officials. The American Red Cross has also opened an evacuation center in the town of Frisco. Many residents evacuated will have to use it. Several trails near the fire are closed and authorities warn people to stay away from the area. Gov. John Hickenlooper has authorized the National Guard to mobilize. No injuries have been reported to firefighters or residents. Smoke from the fire was visible from Interstate 70 throughout the afternoon.


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