Peak 2 wildfire puts Colorado town on evacuation alert

The fire was first reported just after 11 a.m. Wednesday by a mountain biker, and is burning through trees killed by beetles, and grasslands.

A wildfire has scorched about 60 acres (24.3 hectares) and forced residents from their homes near the Colorado mountain town of Breckenridge.

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

Eight Forest Service firefighters parachuted in, and two heavy tankers and a helicopter have been dropping slurry and water on the fire. The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to comply with the evacuation order, which is in place for the safety of the public. There was seven percent containment as of Thursday afternoon.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost in the fire. That includes at least 463 residences, officials say.


Around 2 this afternoon the fire was spreading quickly --so they decided it was necessary to order those evacuations.

The advisory followed a National Weather Service warning for high fire danger in western Nevada and in California's Alpine and Mono counties.

"We're stretched thin because we have so many fires going on all at once", he said.

The Peak 7 neighborhood in Summit County remains under evacuation as of 8 a.m., Thursday, July 6, following the spread of the Peak Two Fire.

In Arizona, the summer-retreat community of Summerhaven atop Mount Lemmon remained evacuated after a wildfire charred more than 36 square miles (93.2 sq. kilometers) in mountains and foothills overlooking Tucson. The cause of the fire is still unknown.


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