Ptarmigan Fire outside Silverthorne 10% contained Friday; wet weather helps curb growth

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 5:56 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 10:56 AM MDT
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SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (KKTV) - In an update on Friday, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office says the Ptarmigan Fire is 10% contained. Wet weather and hard work from the fire crews have kept the acreage burned at 85 acres.

Evacuees have been allowed to return home as wet weather has stalled a wildfire burning in the mountains northeast of Silverthorne.

The Ptarmigan Fire remains 85 acres Thursday, unchanged since Wednesday. Firefighters cautioned that this does not mean the fire isn’t still active.

Named after the mountain it started on, the wildfire was first reported around 4:30 Monday afternoon and quickly led to around of evacuations. Within three hours, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office had expanded the evacuation area to about 300 homes.

An eerie orange glow could be seen over the town Monday night:

The fire has not experienced significant growth since those first 30ish hours, when it grew from 40 acres Monday night to about 80 acres Tuesday afternoon. Rain began falling on the fire Tuesday night.

Despite the proximity to the Silverthorne, officials say the fire is not immediately threatening homes and no structures have been damaged. It is largely burning on White River National Forest property. One hundred firefighters from Summit Fire & EMS, the U.S. Forest Service, Clear Creek Fire, Eagle River Fire, East Grand Fire, Grand Fire, Grand Lake Fire, Greater Eagle Fire, Vail Fire and Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue are battling the fire.

Aerial resources are play a central role in firefighting efforts, and authorities remind the public that is only possible as long as the airspace is clear.

Evacuees returning home Thursday must have credentials. Credentials will be provided at Silverthorne Town Hall Thursday and Friday. Those living in areas previously under pre-evacuation orders do not need credentials.

“Residents should remain alert and ready to evacuate on short notice should conditions change. Fire crews are continuing to work in the area and residents should expect heavy equipment and exercise caution when returning to their neighborhoods,” officials said.

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