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Wildfire Requires Evacuations Near Breckenridge


Smoke rises from Peak 2 fire. (9News/Twitter)

An intense but compact wildfire between the Colorado towns of Breckenridge and Frisco has forced fire officials to clear people out of the Peak 7 resort area.

No official cause has been given to the Peak 2 fire, which grew to 85 acres before the winds shifted direction and blew some of the flames back upon themselves, said officials. However, the fire was not contained as of late Thursday (July 6).

The fire began two miles north of Breckenridge and, after a modest beginning, blew up on Wednesday (July 5), according to Inciweb reports. Some 463 residences in the posh Peak 7 area to the south – including the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – were under evacuation order into July 6.

Column of smoke north of Breckenridge (9News/Twitter)

The town of Breckenridge and a half-dozen surrounding neighborhoods were on pre-evacuation alert as of Thursday afternoon. Resort officials have not released any information about the fire's effect on summer activities.

No injuries or damage to structures have been reported, but residents of the towns of Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain and Keystone has been warned to stay inside if sensitive to smoke.

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