Update: Ptarmigan Fire containment at 20% | SummitDaily.com

Update: Ptarmigan Fire containment at 20%

A photo from the Ptarmigan Fire shows the difficult conditions ground crews are up against to increase containment on the fire. Containment is estimated at 10% Friday, Oct. 1.
Summit Fire & EMS/Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Oct. 1 and updated at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 2 with new information.

As of Saturday, Oct. 2, much of the Ptarmigan Fire remains unchanged from the day before. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons reported that the acreage and containment remains the same, and that residents can expect to see aircraft in the area.

FitzSimons noted that individuals need to stay out of the closure area, which includes the nearby trails and roads. He said there’s still a lot of equipment in the area and lingering community members could inhibit firefighting efforts.

“I know it’s the weekend,” he said. “I know the colors are fantastic. Please, go somewhere else besides this area.”

Pre-evacuations remain in place, too.

FitzSimons reported that he should have an update on the day’s firefighting efforts after 5 p.m. Saturday.

By the end of the day Friday, Oct. 1, the fire was at 20% containment.

According to a news release, nearly 300 personnel have been assigned to the fire, which is estimated to be 86 acres.

Throughout the weekend, pre-evacuation orders are expected to remain in place. Those in the area can expect to continue to see road closures and firefighting equipment, all of which are an attempt to work on containment efforts.

The release reported that additional public information will be limited but that community members should be assured that firefighting efforts will continue with crews working to build containment lines.

On Friday morning, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said the fire’s status remained relatively unchanged from the day before and that cool temperatures and moisture have helped to keep the fire at bay.

While all evacuations have been lifted, all areas — including Hamilton Creek, Angler Mountain Ranch, South 40 and Ptarmigan neighborhoods as well as people who live east of Summit County Road 2020 and north of Summit County Road 2021 — remain in pre-evacuation status, and residents are advised to be vigilant and ready to go should conditions change.

Other areas, such as the Angler Mountain and Ptarmigan trails are under a U.S. Forest Service closure.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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