SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The Ptarmigan Fire sparked Monday and is burning above the Angler Mountain subdivision north of Silverthorne. As of Monday evening, officials said it is 30-40 acres.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for Hamilton Creek above Silverthorne and a pre-evacuation order is in place for Lower Hamilton Creek and Angler Mountain.
The American Red Cross emergency shelter opened at Summit Middle School located at 158 School Road in Frisco.
According to Summit Fire and Emergency Management Services, air resources have been ordered and ground crews are standing by, but the heavily wooded area is too dangerous to get in on foot.
A heavy helicopter and two single-engine air tankers are en route, according to White River National Forest.
“My wife and I are having conversations about what things should we pack up? When should we leave? And it creates a pretty high level of anxiety for us,” Chris McStay, Silverthorne resident said. “Fortunately we haven’t had to evacuate yet, but we know there’s a lot of houses up that hill, many of whom have had to evacuate, so I worry about them, and think about them.”
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents not to call 911 if they see smoke.
SCSO said Animal Shelter will be open until 9 p.m. to accept pets if evacuees need a place to house them. After 9 p.m. please contact nonemergency dispatch at 970-668-8600 and ask for an officer to meet you. The shelter will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.