Ptarmigan fire: pre-evacuation orders lifted as containment rises

Summit County’s sheriff on Monday lifted pre-evacuation orders for residents outside Silverthorne as the threat posed by the Ptarmigan fire lessens.

Residents in Hamilton Creek, Angler Mountain Ranch, South Forty and Ptarmigan neighborhoods had been under evacuation or pre-evacuation notices for parts of a week since the Ptarmigan fire sparked Sept. 27 northeast of Silverthorne.

Containment on the fire increased to 55% by Monday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release. It has burned approximately 86 acres.

Fire officials continued to ask the public to avoid the forest closure area, which includes Angler Mountain and Ptarmigan Peak trails. More information on closures can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.

Cooler temperatures and precipitation over the past week has helped dampen the fire and prevent its spread.

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