wnol.info January 17 2018

Breckenridge residents told to prepare to evacuate as wildfire spreads

January 17 2018, 11:41 | Perry Erickson

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The Farmer's Korner and Gold Hill neighborhoods remain on pre-evacuation notices, and authorities said Thursday that everyone in Breckenridge should still be aware that they could have to evacuate if the fire grows, though pre-evacuation notices for the town have been lifted.

Emergency officials however said that "all of Breckenridge, Gold Hill and Silver Shekel have been asked to prepare for evacuation".

In Colorado, a fire broke out near Breckenridge on Wednesday afternoon.

However, evacuation orders are expected to remain in place until midday on Thursday.

According to Breckenridge police, Peak 7 is under evacuation notice at this time, and all of Breckenridge should be prepared to evacuate.

The fire has burned an estimated 80 acres.

The Red Cross is operating an evacuation shelter at Summit Middle School, 158 School Rd., Frisco. Several dozen evacuees reported to the shelter Wednesday evening. Three spent the night. There is another meeting for residents at Summit Middle School at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Yesterday evening, the fire was mapped at 82 acres with some spotting to the north and the south. Firefighters will be working to establish an anchor point on the fire by using direct and indriect suppression methods, such as building containment lines when and where it is safe to do so.

Fire crews have ordered air attack resources to fight the rapidly-growing fire.

Firefighters from Leadville, Vail and Park County are assisting in fighting the fire and Grand County firefighters are on the way.

The Type III Incident Command now in charge of the fire is expected to transition to a Type I Incident Command team over the next two days. Smoke levels increased overnight, especially in low-lying areas or valleys.

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