Summit County Emergency Blog

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Activated during disasters and emergencies to provide critical public information. Administered by the Summit County Office of Emergency Management.

Oct 30

Slash Pile Burning Set for November 2022 in French Gulch Area

Posted on October 30, 2022 at 4:48 PM by David Rossi

Burn operations are expected to last several days as weather and conditions allow. Smoke will be visible from the Town of Breckenridge. Please do not call 911 to report smoke north of Breckenridge on the east side of Highway 9 during these dates. Residents and visitors to the area east of downtown Breckenridge are urged to sign up for text alerts using the CodeRED system from Summit County Alert (SCAlert).  

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Sep 29

Ptarmigan Fire Still Active Despite Rain

Posted on September 29, 2021 at 12:47 PM by Adam Kisiel

Media Contact: David Boyd, Forest Service Public Affairs Officer, 970 319-4895

 Ptarmigan Fire still active despite rain

 SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Firefighters last night reported active fire throughout the night despite wetting rains, although the fire did not significantly grow.

 Operations today will focus on continued structure protection activities and creating fireline where it is safe and effective to do so. This area of the forest contains many standing dead trees, which create a significant hazard for crews working on the ground. Aircraft will assist with fire operations as weather allows.

 The Ptarmigan Fire is currently estimated to be 85-100 acres with no containment. The cause is under investigation.

 Moderate showers are expected by the afternoon with a mix of rain and snow. 

 The latest information on evacuations are available by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alerts ( and at A Red Cross Emergency Shelter is in place at the Summit Middle School.

 As air operations resume today, fire managers are reminding the public that use of drones or unmanned aircraft is strictly prohibited. All firefighting aircraft will stop flying if a drone is spotted, greatly impacting the firefighting effort.

 There will be a public briefing today at Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle, at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Summit County Government’s Facebook page.

 Current information is available on Inciweb:, Facebook, and from the Ptarmigan Fire Hotline at 970 668-9700.

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Apr 11

Summit County Shooting Range Closed Until Further Notice Due to Wildfire

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 3:05 PM by Nicole Valentine

ContactBrian Bovaird, Director of Emergency Management

SUMMIT COUNTY – Officials have closed the Summit County Shooting Range until further notice due to a wildfire above the shooting range that occurred on Sunday, April 11. The Summit County Shooting Range is a public firearms range located near Dillon, Colorado. The wildfire which covered approximately 2.5 acres has been contained and officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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