Monday, 6 Dec 2021

Ptarmigan fire forces 200 homes to be evacuated in Silverthorne

A wildfire sparked above Silverthorne on Monday, prompting a scramble of firefighting, aerial attacks and evacuations.

While the blaze immediately threatens no homes, evacuations were underway within an hour of the fire’s first reports. As of Tuesday morning, the upper and lower Hamilton Creek neighborhoods have been evacuated, with those in the adjacent Angler Mountain Ranch and South 40 neighborhoods were placed under a pre-evacuation notice.

“Our top priority is public safety,” said Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons in a news release. “We prefer to err more on the side of caution and make sure that we have everybody out before there is an imminent threat.”

The Ptarmigan fire is primarily on White River National Forest property, burning heavy mixed timber, including dense stands of dead-standing and downfall lodgepole pines. So far, it has scarred between 25 and 40 acres of land, about 30 acres east of Silverthorne.

Summit Middle School, which is still hosting school, is the site of an American Red Cross evacuation shelter. It’s located at 158 School Road in Frisco.

As early as Monday evening, a helicopter and three planes were working the fire. Summit Fire & EMS, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service are involved in handling the blaze. Additional resources are expected to arrive Tuesday.

“We will have a presence in those neighborhoods through the night to monitor the fire,” said Summit Fire & EMS Chief Travis Davis in a release. “Our goal is to keep the fire away from developed areas and hit it hard in the morning.”

Weather is expected to turn Tuesday evening into Wednesday as a front moves into the area. Temperatures are expected to drop with rain moving into the region.

Trails in and around Ptarmigan and Angler Mountain have been closed.

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