Firefighters expect another hot, dry day in Breckenridge fighting wildfire

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The Summit County Emergency Management said over 450 homes were ordered to evacuate, but no homes have been destroyed.

An evacuation standby has been put in place for the roughly 40 homes in the Gold Hill neighborhood.

[Updated: June 5, 7:25 p.m. MT] Crews are working to contain a fast-moving wildfire north of Breckenridge.

At this point - the mandatory evacuation for Peak 7 will stay in effect until noon tomorrow.

"We would like to take credit for that but we would like give credit to the wind because when the wind did shift it actually pushed the fire back into the burned area and actually slowed it down", says one firefighter.

Pre-evacuation notices have gone out to several hundred homes. Highway 9 will remain open in both directions, but roads leading into the Peak 7 neighborhood will be closed overnight with checkpoints for residents. Three spent the night. Firefighters are expecting another hot, dry day, with sporadic winds. The fire grew rapidly on Wednesday from just a few square feet when a mountain biker called it in to fire officials to several dozen acres. Local fire agencies include: Red, White & Blue Fire; Lake Dillon Fire; Copper Mountain Fire; Leadville Fire Department; Vail Fire Department; Kremmling Fire; North-West Fire; Grand Lake Fire; Town of Breckenridge; Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Because of the wildfire activity in Summit County and surrounding areas, the community is experiencing moderate smoke levels, which are not expected to be a significant health concern.

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