Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Peak 2 Fire near Breckenridge

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The pre-evacuation orders for the Peak 2 Fire near Breckenridge were lifted Sunday afternoon.

The fire was 84 acres in size and 85 percent contained as of Sunday evening, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said.

It is burning in the Miner’s Creek drainage two miles north of Breckenridge Ski Area. There is no direct threat to the town of Breckenridge.

Evacuations for nearly 500 residences were lifted Friday night, but the Peak 7 neighborhood remained on pre-evacuation status until Sunday afternoon.

Incident commander Todd Pechota said firefighters planned to make the most of good weather conditions on Sunday.

“Weather today will be 2-4 degrees warmer than the last few days, with lesser cloud and thunderstorm coverage today and lower relative humidity,” Pechota said.

“Firefighters intend to capitalize on this weather to continue holding and improving containment line. “Conditions today will be good to sweep the area around the fire for smokes and hot spots.

“A large part of today’s plan includes scouting for contingency lines. The plan is still being evaluated to the south and the north of the fire area.

“The contingency line to the south would involve crews tying together existing mitigation work to create a fuel break that could be quickly utilized as a fire line if necessary.

“Structure protection groups will continue to work in and around the Peak 7, Red Tail Ranch, Gold Hill, and south Frisco areas. This group of engines will also provide initial response for any new fires that emerged in the area.”

On Saturday, crews were working to build and strengthen containment lines on the southeast and northwest flanks of the fire.

The firefight is difficult because of the steep terrain and the risk of the line being breached by the significant number of dead and down trees in the fire zone.

The fire was first reported just after 11 a.m. Wednesday by a mountain biker between Breckenridge and Frisco.

The fire did not grow Thursday or Friday because of cooler and cloudier weather.

The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on Friday morning.