Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Firefighters expect another hot, dry day in Breckenridge fighting wildfire

Firefighters expect another hot, dry day in Breckenridge fighting wildfire

The fire was reported in the area of Gold Hill shortly after 3:30 p.m.

An evacuation standby has been put in place for the roughly 40 homes in the Gold Hill neighborhood.

A wildfire has scorched about 80 acres (32.4 hectares) and forced the evacuation of 463 homes near the Colorado mountain town of Breckenridge.

Above: Map of the Peak 2 Fire (shown in pink) created by the incident management team at 9:03 p.m. MDT July 5, 2017.

At this point - the mandatory evacuation for Peak 7 will stay in effect until noon tomorrow.

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The Peak 7 neighborhood, which saw more than 460 residences evacuated Wednesday, are likely to remain under evacuation orders through Thursday, authorities said.

No injuries have so far been reported in the fire, nor have any structures been lost. There is an evacuation center located at Summit Middle School located at 158 School Road in Frisco.

Three people spent the night at the evacuation shelter the Red Cross set up at Summit Middle School in Frisco, though dozens of people evacuated to the shelter at the onset of the fire Wednesday. Firefighters are expecting another hot, dry day, with sporadic winds.

Responding local fire agencies: Red, White & Blue Fire; Lake Dillon Fire; Copper Mountain Fire; Leadville Fire Department; Vail Fire Department; Kremmling Fire; North-West Fire; Grand Lake Fire; Town of Breckenridge; Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Fire crews have ordered air attack resources to fight the rapidly-growing fire. Smoke levels increased overnight, especially in low-lying areas or valleys.

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