Thursday, July 6, 2017

Evacuations underway as wildfire breaks out near Breckenridge, Colorado

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
July 6,2017, 6:50:18PM,EDT
A wildfire has lead to mandatory evacuations near the town of Breckenridge, Colorado, as crews gather to battle the blaze.
The Peak 2 fire ignited late on Wednesday morning and quickly spread to more than 70 acres in just hours. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
As of Thursday afternoon, the fire had scorched 85 acres of land and was 7 percent contained.
The Peak 7 development near Breckenridge is under a mandatory evacuation order, which includes 463 homes, according to the Town of Breckenridge Facebook page.
People in Breckenridge, Gold Hill and Silver Shekel have also been asked to prepare for possible evacuation if the fire continues to grow.
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The Peak 2 fire as seen from Breckenridge, Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo/Twitter user @Cooptastic)

“Air resources have been working the fire, as well as a load of smokejumpers and a hotshot crew,” Inciweb said.
Additional resources have also been ordered to help contain the blaze.
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Conditions will remain very warm in the Colorado Rockies through the weekend with the chance of thunderstorms each afternoon, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said.
“While thunderstorms will produce downpours in some areas each day, lightning from the storms can spark new wildfires in areas that remain dry,” Strait said.
Winds from these thunderstorms can also effect the fire until crews are able to fully contain it.
Breckenridge this afternoon. With much concern I know the town and homes around it are in good hands!
The Peak 2 fire on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo/Mark Smith)
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The Peak 2 fire burning near Breckenridge, Colroado around 4 p.m. local time Wednesday. (Photo/Twitter user @sraquel)

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