White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Sept. 29, 2021 7:30 p.m.
Evacuation to be lifted 10 a.m. tomorrow; areas remain in pre-evacuation
This evening Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons announced that the evacuation order for Hamilton Creek and Angler Mountain will be lifted and reduced to pre-evacuation status effective 10 a.m. Thursday morning. All other areas currently in pre- evacuation status will remain in pre-evacuation status.
The change is based on ground and aerial assessments of fire activity, as well as work firefighters were able to complete on the ground today. While the Ptarmigan Fire still poses risk, Sheriff FitzSimons and fire officials do not feel the risk warrants keeping people out of their homes, provided they remain alert and ready to evacuate with short notice should conditions change.
The rain has not extinguished the fire, but it has helped reduce fire activity, which allowed firefighters to make good progress building containment lines on the southern and western flanks today. Weather limited the use of helicopters today.
Residents will continue to see fire activity in the area over the next few weeks, including aerial resources and heavy equipment. Until further notice, only credentialed residents will be allowed back into the Hamilton Creek and Angler Mountain areas to support safety of the continuing firefighting efforts. Credentialing of residents will resume Thursday and Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Silverthorne Town Hall.
Fire officials currently estimate the Ptarmigan Fire to be between 85 and 100 acres with no containment. The cause remains under investigation.
The latest information on evacuation status is available by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alerts (https://summitcountyco.gov/1149/Summit-County-Alert) and at https://www.facebook.com/SummitSheriffCO.
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.