Top 5 stories on week of July 1 |

Top 5 stories on week of July 1

Compiled by Heather Jarvis
The Sugarloaf Fire grows in the Williams Fork Range Thursday afternoon, June 28, near Silverthorne. The fire, started by lightning in the previous night, reached 200 acres as of 5:20 p.m. Thursday.
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Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page.

“County could look replacing fireworks with a laser show!” — Christoph Bauman on “Firework, campfire bans could become permanent in Summit County”

“No campfires... that’s a bit extreme. I get during times of dry weather but an all out full time ban is silly. question and I love lighting fireworks where it makes sense.” — Jerry Mills on “Firework, campfire bans could become permanent in Summit County”

“If you can’t afford living there, you are not entitled too. Make a change, do something different than the mainstream and put yourself in a position where you can live there. Complaining about it creates no improvement in your life, only keeps you in the same situation with no end. Doing something different will provide opportunities. Just my thoughts on this cost of living thing. If one person reading this message chooses to do what I suggest, mission accomplished.” — Steve Simpson on “Summit County isn’t building nearly enough housing for the majority of the workforce”

“Left 17 years ago, do not miss the peasant/rich dynamic one bit. Beautiful place, some great people, but what a toxic culture in that respect.” — Roxlau Islais on “Summit County isn’t building nearly enough housing for the majority of the workforce”

“My suggestion was Chairway to Heaven...” —Steve Mayns on “Loveland Ski Area seeks public’s help naming new lift”

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on for the past week.

1. Additional mandatory evacuations ordered for Weston Pass Fire near Fairplay

Wildfires are raging across the state, and the Weston Pass Fire continues to plague Park County. Last week fire crews battled the fire burning near Highway 285 in Fairplay. Evacuation orders were put into place and the fire continued to grow. The National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down Thursday at the edge of the wildfire, a rare event that apparently caused no damage and had little effect on the fire.

2. Weston Pass fire near Fairplay grows to 1,500 acres, mandatory evacuation for some residents

After reports of the initial outbreak of the Weston Pass Fire, mandatory evacuations were quickly put in place as the wildfire grew in size. More than 500 individuals were working on the blaze last week.

3. Sugarloaf Fire reaches 900 acres in Grand County, now within 4.5 miles of Summit County

The Sugarloaf Fire had officials on high alert as it quickly ballooned to 900 acres just 4.5 miles from Summit County. Contingency plans were quickly put in place in case the fire moved into the county from neighboring Grand County. Summit County entered Stage 2 fire restrictions on June 28, banning open flames, charcoal grills, outdoor smoking, chimineas and similar items.

4. Wildfire flares in Williams Fork Range in Grand County; Summit County keeping an eye on it

In this breaking news story posted after the initial Sugarloaf Fire flare up, Summit County officials were closely monitoring the fire in case it moved any closer to town. The blaze initially began near the Sugarloaf Campground and Henderson Mill south of Kremmling,the first of two to break out in Grand County that day.

5. Fourth of July in Summit County: Everything you need to know

This roundup included all the happenings over the holiday, from parades to music to kids events. What it did not include, however, was fireworks. Due to high fire danger and drought conditions, all firework displays in Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone were canceled this year. Additionally, the county is under Stage 2 fire restrictions so any use of fireworks were also banned.

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