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High school evacuated due to wildfire

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FARMER’S KORNER ” A wildfire spreading quickly around Farmer’s Korner has forced the evacuation of Summit High School and nearby homes, according to witnesses and the Lake Dillon Fire Authority.

Students who remained at the school for activities such as after-school sports are being re-located to Summit Middle School.

Karen Mason, a spokesperson for the Summit School District, said all school district events and meetings have been canceled.

The fire has covered about 20 acres, and is about 30 percent contained, according to Rachel Flood, public information officer for the Fire Authority.

“All primary resources are focused on structures because (the fire) is headed toward about 20 houses,” Flood said. Both the cause and the origin of the fire are unknown, Flood added.

Fire trucks are stationed around the homes behind the high school and are spraying down the homes, which are being evacuated.

The U.S. Forest Service has sent a slurry bomber to add air support to extinguishing the fire.

Southbound Highway 9 is closed at the Nordic Center as emergency crews work to contain the blaze. Northbound Highway 9 was closed at Swan Mountain Road, but has reopened.

Fire officials said they will not rescue pets from area homes. Residents fleeing their homes are encouraged to bring their pets.

According to witnesses, the fire started on the hill above the high school just before 3 p.m.

“We were just coming from the peaks trail and we saw it out of nowhere,” said Rory Best, who lives in Breckenridge but was on his bike, riding from the Peaks Trail. “We saw a big white cloud and just saw the brown (smoke).”

” Nicole Formosa and Brad Odekirk of the Summit Daily News are reporting on this story.

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