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Evacuation lifted; credentialed residents may return to their homes

Ptarmigan Fire Wildfire
News – 9/30/2021

NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 30, 2021 10:00 a.m.

Evacuation lifted; credentialed residents may return to their homes

Yesterday evening Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons announced that the Ptarmigan Fire evacuation order for Hamilton Creek and Angler Mountain will be lifted and reduced to pre-evacuation status effective 10 a.m., today, Sept. 30, 2021.

Until further notice, only residents with credentials 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. Credentials are not needed for residents in the existing pre-evacuation areas of lower Angler Mountain, Ptarmigan and South 40 neighborhoods.

Residents should remain alert and ready to evacuate on short notice should conditions change. Fire crews are continuing to work in the area and residents should expect heavy equipment and exercise caution when returning to their neighborhoods.

Wetting rains overnight have helped moderate fire behavior. There has been no new fire growth reported, however fire remains active. Fire size is still estimated between 85-100 acres, and the cause is still under investigation.

A forest closure is in place, including trailheads and all access points. Individuals may not enter the forest closure area for their own personal safety and that of the fire crews at work.

There are currently 155 personnel assigned to the fire, including a sawyer crew that will focus on mitigation of hazards from dead standing trees. In addition, today’s operations will center around building containment lines where it is safe to do so as well as structure assessment and protection. Aerial support will be available as needed.

Residents will continue to see fire activity in the area over the next few weeks, including aerial resources and heavy equipment. Flames and smoke may be visible. Please do not call 911.

The latest information on evacuation and pre-evacuation status is available by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alerts (SCAlert.org) 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.

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