Top 5 most-read stories on SummitDaily.com, week of July 2
Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.
“Good I think fighting the fire should be the priority. Rather than a bunch of rude posers from denver in spandex on a tour. It’s not the tour de France people. It’s not even a race. Let’s keep our responders doing the important thing of fighting the fire.” — Shane Bussey, on “Triple Bypass bike ride cancelled due to Breckenridge, Eagle County wildfires”
“To all involved in the fight, I salute you. God be with you as you protect and serve.” — Dave Collins, on Peak 2 Fire update
“Such a sad and tragic day. We never forget those who lost their lives trying to put out a fire.” — Theresa Willett-Kerkela, on “Glenwood Springs remembers Storm King 14 on 23rd anniversary”
“Have a condo in Breck and trying to keep an eye on this from Michigan. Jack’s reports are by far the best of any of the media outlets I’ve seen. Current, clear, factual, calm, and very very thorough. GREAT JOB JACK! Keep it up, but stay safe.” — David Stoker, on Facebook live Peak 2 Fire update
“A little late..we should have followed Park County on this , WEEKS AGO” — Marcy Corcoran-Neerhof, on “Summit County bans open fires and sale of fireworks in response to Peak 2 Fire”
“fire is natural in colorado...the land needs it. the beetle kill there is evidence.” — Kim Perry Conway, on “Summit County bans open fires and sale of fireworks in response to Peak 2 Fire”
“This sight causes PTSD to many of us in Colorado Springs. Hoping for cooler weather and safe conditions for those fighting this fire.” — Patti Beres Loper, on photo update from Peak 2 Fire
“Flying your drone is a felony around fire fighting operations. The FAA investigates all cases and it’s not a slap on the wrist fine they WILL make an example of you.” — Thomas Zieba, on update on drones and the Peak 2 Fire
”Way to go Jimmy! Thanks for making the Snake not just a good time but a fantastic life experience for so many of us.” — Joseph Quinn, on “Snake River Saloon in Keystone carries longtime owner into Foodservice Hall of Fame”
Editor’s note: Below is a list of the top 5 most-read stories on summitdaily.com the week of July 2.
The Peak 2 Fire was first reported at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. The wildfire broke out in the Gold Hill Trail area near Breckenridge, and eight smokejumpers and a local firefighting crew were the first to respond to the scene. It quickly escalated to 70 acres before a shift in the wind pushed the wildfire north and slowed its climb up the mountain.
The wrap up story from Day 1 of the Peak 2 Fire was the second highest-read story of the week. On Wednesday, the wildfire had quickly roared up the side of Peak 2, at its height spewing 125-foot flames into the air and prompting the evacuation of more than 400 homes in the Peak 7 area. “I was surprised with how quickly it spread,” said Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District chief Jim Keating. “But it was that prime time of day when the humidity was very low and the winds were strong.”
The smoke thinned as the afternoon cooled, and by evening a sense of guarded calm settled in at the fire command post in the Silver Shekel neighborhood. The fire, though still smoldering, had laid down for the night.
Day 2 of the Peak 2 Fire saw roughly 100 personnel fighting the fire, including three helicopters that could be seen making repeated water bucket dumps on the fire’s northern end throughout the day. The Peak 7 evacuation was still in place, with the town of Breckenridge and the Gold Hill, Silver Shekel and Farmer’s Korner neighborhoods remaining under a pre-evacuation notice. The fire was estimated at 85 acres and was 7 percent contained.
The Gutzler Fire south of Kremmling grew overnight on Tuesday by 550 acres. On Wednesday, the Gutzler fire was at approximately 850 acres total, according to a statement from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
The 29th Annual Triple Bypass ride on July 8 was cancelled July 6 due to the forest fires on the course, which runs through both Eagle and Summit counties.
“Our paramount concern is the safety or our riders, volunteers and emergency personnel,” event organizers said in a written statement.
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