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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Rains help firefighting efforts on Ptarmigan Fire

Ptarmigan Fire Aerial Response Sept 28 2021

Sept. 28, 2021 8 p.m.

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

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Firefighters on the Ptarmigan Fire today continued to focus on using aerial resources to keep the fire from moving downhill towards structures.

Three heavy helicopters and a light helicopter dropped water on active areas and a large air tanker dropped retardant to slow fire growth. Aircraft will continue this work tomorrow as conditions allow.

While afternoon and evening rains helped moderate fire behavior, the weather grounded the aircraft. The winds that preceded the storms pushed the fire to the south, leading to additional pre-evacuation notifications. The fire currently estimated to be 85-100 acres with approximately 100 firefighters. There is no containment, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The latest information on evacuations are available by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alerts (https://summitcountyco.gov/1149/Summit-County-Alert)  and at https://www.facebook.com/SummitSheriffCO. A Red Cross Emergency Shelter is in place at the Summit Middle School.

There will be a public briefing tomorrow at the 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: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7857/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF, and from the Ptarmigan Fire Hotline at 970- 668-9700.

There will be a public briefing at the Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle, Silverthorne, CO 80498, at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook Live on the Summit County Government’s Facebook page.

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