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Wildfire evacuations lifted in Summit County

People return home after two days escaping fire

Wildfire evacuations lifted in Summit...

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - Instead of stress, there were smiles Friday from hundreds of property owners allowed to return home after evacuating from the Peak 2 Fire near Breckenridge.

Authorities said residents of the Peak 7 subdivision could begin going home at 8 p.m. Friday, but many residents began arriving earlier than that.


An evacuation order was issued for the community when the fire started and quickly intensified Wednesday.  Since then, the fire has been less active.

The area also has received some rain, and 800 firefighters have arrived to fight the fire. 

Containment on the 85-acre fire has increased from 7 percent to 25 percent.

There was some uneasiness Friday afternoon when a new fire was reported southeast of Breckenridge, near the Baldy Mountain subdivision.

Authorities issued, but later lifted, a pre-evacuation warning for the area after determining the newer fire was less than an acre in size and was quickly contained by firefighters.

It's unclear whether there is a connection between the two fires.

A base camp for firefighters is gradually taking shape at Summit High School.  Firefighters are prepared to stay for as long as two weeks.

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