Posted inNews, Wildfire

Ptarmigan fire near Silverthorne had “unprecedented fire behavior” overnight, putting homes under threat

Hundreds of homes are being evacuated out an “an abundance of caution” after a wildfire ignited east of Silverthorne and grew to nearly 60 acres overnight, officials said. The Ptarmigan fire saw “unprecedented fire behavior” overnight after being reported Monday afternoon, Adam Bianchi, Dillion District Ranger for the White River National Forest said at a […]

Posted inColoradans, Health, News

In rural Colorado, emergency medical services struggle to keep money-losing ambulances rolling

When flames shot from the third-story balcony of a downtown Frisco condo this spring, a firefighter riding in an ambulance got there first, zipping a block over from patrol on Main Street, scoping a plan of attack and attaching the first hose the moment a full fire engine arrived.  In tiny Holyoke, population 2,215, when […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Wildfire

The Buffalo fire, near Silverthorne, was one of the first big tests for fire breaks in Colorado. Now, communities are changing their tune toward them.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It wasn’t long before a wildfire that broke out near Silverthorne one morning in early June turned into a towering inferno with flames shooting several hundred feet in the air. The fire — fed by strong wind and high summer heat — sent smoke billowing over Summit County, consuming trees as it […]