Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Breckenridge residents told to prepare to evacuate as wildfire spreads

Breckenridge residents told to prepare to evacuate as wildfire spreads

Like the Gutzler Fire, which is now burning roughly 300 acres southwest of Kremmling, the terrain near this fire is heavily beetle-killed, posing a potential safety risk to firefighters that limits their ability to conduct direct suppression.

It had scorched about 80 acres (32.4 hectares) and forced the evacuation of 463 homes.

The base of the ski resort, which includes hotels and restaurants, has not yet been evacuated.

In northern Nevada, officials advised residents to leave their homes ahead of one of several fires sweeping across dry rangeland, reported ABC News.

There are a host of crews already working the fire and almost 130 personnel, including eight smoke jumpers, a 20-person hotshot crew, two 20-person Type II hand crews, two helicopters being used to drop water, and multiple local fire agencies.

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

Wildfires are still burning in the western United States. There was seven percent containment as of Thursday afternoon.

Evacuees with any animal shelter needs were also asked to contact the Summit County Animal Control office for assistance.

Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District says residents on Peak 7 and Peak 2 have been told to evacuate. "Wildfire is a natural disaster that happens with regularity".

The fire is burning in an area with mostly beetle kill trees. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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.

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