A wildfire is burning on the edge of Breckenridge, Colorado. The Peak 2 fire was first spotted Wednesday morning by a mountain biker roughly 4 miles north of Breckenridge. The blaze at that time was only about 50 feet by 50 feet. But by the time firefighters reached the heavily wooded area an hour later, the flames had spread and were reaching the tops of trees.
As of this morning, about 450 Breckenridge-area homes remain evacuated as firefighters fight to keep the Peak 2 fire at bay. The Peak 7 neighborhood is under a mandatory evacuation that will be reconsidered at noon. The town of Breckenridge and the Gold Hill subdivision are on a pre-evacuation notice.
As of Wednesday night, the fire was estimated at 84 acres.
Officials say they don’t know how the fire began but that it ignited about 500 feet from a nearby trail. There hasn’t been lightning in the area for days.
Summit County has largely been spared from massive wildfires that have plagued other parts of Colorado in the past two decades.
We will keep you updated as more details emerge.