Evacuations still in place for 85-acre Peak 2 Fire

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- It was a fairly good day Thursday for firefighters on the lines of the Peak 2 Fire in Summit County. But evacuations continued for residents who live near Breckenridge.

Fire managers held their first public meeting with residents Thursday night.

The fire was first reported Wednesday morning between Breckenridge and Frisco.

The fire did not grow much Thursday. It was mapped at 85 acres at about 3 p.m. It was reported at 84 acres Wednesday night.

The fire, which is burning in the Miner's Creek drainage two miles north of Breckenridge Ski Area was 7 percent contained.

There were 463 residences that were evacuated from the Peak 7 neighborhood. The entire town of Breckenridge, and the Silver Shekel, Gold Hill and Farmer's Korner neighborhoods are under pre-evacuation notice.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been destroyed, the Breckenridge Police Department said.

No highways are closed, but police and deputies from the Summit County Sheriff's Office have been patrolling the Peak 7 neighborhood to tell residents about the evacuation order.

Checkpoints are in place at Ski Hill Road at the Peaks Trail and on Barton Road where it meets Airport Road.

"I could start to see flames so at that point, our neighbors started texting each other and we started packing," resident Tammy Reynolds said. "It was close enough that I decided just to throw a bunch of stuff in a bag and just go."

“I know this is a very difficult time for everyone in Summit County. Wildfires are one of the biggest threats our community faces, and incidents like this are extremely frightening," Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said.

"We're doing everything we can to work with our partners to put out the fire.”

The fire is burning in heavy terrain and is being fueled by dead beetle killed pine.

"It’s kind of nerve wracking, to be honest," Liam Jordan said. "We’re trying to have a vacation. We’re here two more days and this is threatening our vacation, and we really don’t want to leave here because it’s such a beautiful place."

Summit Middle School (158 School Road in Frisco) is being used as an evacuation center, though no evacuees requested use of the shelter overnight. Animal boarding is available at the Summit School District bus barn next to the evacuation center.

The fire danger in Summit County is rated as very high, and Stage I fire restrictions that ban open fires and fireworks are in place.

In all, 130 personnel are working the fire. Eight smokejumpers and a 21-person hotshot crew have been brought in to fight the fire.

Two heavy air tankers dropping retardant and two helicopters dropping buckets of water have also been used.