Buffalo Mountain Fire in Silverthorne grows to 91 acres, forces evacuation of nearly 1,400 homes; Grand County assists | SkyHiNews.com

Buffalo Mountain Fire in Silverthorne grows to 91 acres, forces evacuation of nearly 1,400 homes; Grand County assists

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UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: The fire has grown to 91 acres and is continuing to grow. 1,384 residences have been evacuated from the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods above 20 Grand Road, and 1,160 residences are on pre-evacuation notice. Pre-evacuees are not allowed to return to their homes unless it is an emergency. Silverthorne Recreation Center at 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne has been designated a Red Cross emergency center, but no overnight shelter has been established yet.  Authorities are asking residents in Lower Buffalo to pack up and be ready. The county has issued an air quality health notice for wildfire smoke, and smoke is expected to settle into the towns of Silverthorne, Dillon and Frisco by Wednesday morning. An open community meeting will take place at Silverthorne Town Hall at 6 p.m.

SILVERTHORNE – Summit Fire & E.M.S. and the U.S. Forest Service are fighting a wildfire on Buffalo Mountain, west of Silverthorne and north of Frisco.

The fire is currently at 91 acres and growing, said Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons.  The fire is traveling east, downhill, and is currently 250 feet from structures. Evacuations at the top half of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina are in progress. The number of evacuees is unknown at this time, but FitzSimons said the area contains high-density residential development.

Authorities have set up an evacuation shelter at the Silverthorne Recreation Center at 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne. The county urges residents to call the Public Information Hotline for more information: (970) 668-9730. The county also has frequently updated emergency blog at http://www.co.summit.co.us/emergencyblog.

Summit Fire has requested both hand crews and aircraft to assist with the blaze. Aircraft designed to combat wildfire have been deployed to the scene, said deputy district ranger Adam Bianchi. Fire officials said that four heavy air tankers, two very large DC-10 air tankers, a Type 1 helicopter and three Type 1 Strike Team Heavy Engines are on the scene. Air tankers have deployed fire retardant material.

Summit fire has requested both hand crews and aircraft to assist with the blaze.

Schelly Olson, Assistant Chief for Grand Fire in Granby, said fire districts from throughout Grand County are currently working to assist Summit County with the fire on Buffalo Mountain. According to Olson two type six engines, one from East Grand Fire in Winter Park and the other from Kremmling Fire, have been dispatched to provide mutual aid. Olson added the other fire districts in Grand County will be working to support any needed fire suppression efforts in East Grand and Kremmling as firefighters from those districts support Summit County.

Authorities are requesting residents do not call 911.

Here is a live video from the fire: