Flare-ups possible at Summit’s Peak 2 Fire; neighborhood remains under evacuation
BRECKENRIDGE — The Peak 7 neighborhood in Breckenridge remains under evacuation as of 8 a.m. Thursday, July 6, following the spread of the Peak 2 Fire. Initial reports of the fire, located between Breckenridge and Frisco, came into the Summit County 911 Center at 11:11 a.m. by a mountain biker Wednesday, July 5.
The Peak 7 Neighborhood, which includes approximately 463 residences, was elevated to full evacuation at 3 p.m. yesterday. The town of Breckenridge, as well as the Farmer’s Korner, Gold Hill and Silver Shekel neighborhoods, are on pre-evacuation notice. As of Thursday morning, the fire was approximately 2 miles northeast of the Peak 7 neighborhood.
No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been destroyed as a result of the fire; no highway closures have been issued.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Breckenridge Police Department have been patrolling the Peak 7 neighborhood to inform residents about the evacuation order. The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to comply with the evacuation order, which is in place for the safety of the public.
The Red Cross is operating an evacuation shelter at Summit Middle School, 158 School Road in Frisco. Several dozen evacuees reported to the shelter Wednesday evening. Three spent the night. The evacuation order was to be reevaluated at noon today. A briefing for evacuees took place at 10 a.m. today at Summit Middle School.
Yesterday evening, the fire was mapped at 82 acres with some spotting to the north and the south. There is no containment at this time. Firefighters are expecting another hot, dry day, with sporadic winds.
Firefighter and public safety remains a top priority. Firefighters will be working to establish an anchor point on the fire by using direct and indirect suppression methods, such as building containment lines when and where it is safe to do so. The public can expect to see aerial resources in the air conducting water bucket drops on the fire as directed by ground crews.
The following resources have been dedicated to the Peak 2 Fire:
- Eight smoke jumpers
- One 20-person hotshot crews
- Two 20-person Type II hand crew
- Two helicopters dropping buckets of water
- Several engines patrolling structures in the Peak 7 neighborhood
- Responding local fire agencies: Red, White & Blue Fire, Lake Dillon Fire, Copper Mountain Fire, Leadville Fire Department, Vail Fire Department, Kremmling Fire, North-West Fire, Grand Lake Fire, Town of Breckenridge and Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Because of the wildfire activity in Summit County and surrounding areas, the community is experiencing moderate smoke levels, which are not expected to be a significant health concern. Smoke levels increased overnight, especially in low-lying areas or valleys.
If wildfire smoke causes visibility to be less than five miles in your neighborhood, smoke levels are unhealthy. References of five-mile visibility are as follows:
- If you are in downtown Dillon and unable to see Buffalo Mountain.
- If you are in Breckenridge and unable to see Peak 8.
- If you are at the Frisco Marina and unable to see Buffalo Mountain.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.