A wildfire was sparked this morning in Summit County on Buffalo Mountain. Here are a few of the key details that you should know.
1. The fire is estimated at 91 acres.
The fire is located on Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colorado. Buffalo Mountain is part of the Gore Range, located north of Frisco and west of Silverthorne. Below you’ll find a map of its location.
2. Evacuations are in place.
At time of publishing, 1,384 homes have currently been evacuated in the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina neighborhoods. Another 1,160 homes are on pre-evacuation orders. While no structures have been damaged yet, fires are said to be 250 feet from structures. Shelters have been established for evacuees and are located at Frisco Elementary School and, for animals, at the Summit County Animal Shelter.
3. Lots of work is being done to stop the spread.
According to an afternoon report, 50 firefighters were on the ground with 100 more en route. Multiple aircraft (3) are currently being used to control the blaze, with seven more aircraft on order.
4. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
While rumors may be circulating about the cause of the Buffalo Mountain Fire, it is officially still under investigation.
5. Fuel breaks seem to be working.
Over the past few years, several “fuel breaks” have been put into the Summit County area for situations like this. At the time, the Summit County Government has said that they “seem to be performing well.” It was also said that, due to the fuel breaks, the situation near neighborhoods was looking “pretty good.”
6. An “Air Quality Health Notice” has been issued.
At the 4PM press conference, it was announced that a air quality health notice has been issued due to wildfire smoke. Authorities expect the smoke to settle across Summit County, specifically in Silverthorne, Dillon, and Frisco. Avoid outdoor recreation activities and work-outs in areas with smoke.
For updates throughout the night, check the official Summit County Government Emergency Blog.
Below you’ll find a collection of tweets about the wildfire:
— Amy Kemp (@SkierGrrl) June 12, 2018
Members of the public with questions about the #BuffaloMountainFire should call the hotline at (970) 668-9730.
— Summit Fire & EMS (@Summit_Fire) June 12, 2018
PLEASE be smart. NO DRONES allowed near or around the #BuffaloMountainFire area – let our first responders do their jobs. General info hotline: 970-668-9730 Animal Control Evacuation Hotline 970-668-4143. #BeSmart #CSP #OFPY pic.twitter.com/KqBacr6DC9
— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) June 12, 2018
— Jordan Chavez (@Jordan_Chavez) June 12, 2018
— Jonathan Sanley (@jsanley22) June 12, 2018
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