Wildfire near Breckenridge growing fast; Peak 7 neighborhood evacuated | SteamboatToday.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Wildfire near Breckenridge growing fast; Peak 7 neighborhood evacuated

Jack Queen/Summit Daily News

A wildfire near Breckenridge is now burning roughly 70 acres and appears to be growing fast, with large flames periodically visible from across the valley.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the Peak 7 neighborhood.

Eight smokejumpers and a local firefighting crew are on scene. An air attack is underway as well, with a tanker dropping flame retardant and a helicopter conducting bucket drops.

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.

A firefighting crew from the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District is currently approaching on foot to assess the scene, and smokejumpers with the U.S. Forest service are en route.

Like the Gutzler Fire, which is currently burning roughly 300 acres southwest of Kremmling, the terrain near this fire is heavily beetle-killed, posing a potential safety risk to firefighters that limits their ability to conduct direct suppression.

Winds also appear to be pushing the small fire uphill and into more beetle-kill.

No evacuations have been ordered as of 2:30 p.m.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User