Top 5 Most Read Stories Last Week: Ptarmigan Fire, Short-Term Rentals & Transportation Issues
Editor’s Note: The stories on this list received the most pageviews on SummitDaily.com over the past week.
1. Ptarmigan Fire ignites near Silverthorne, forcing Hamilton Creek neighborhood residents out
Editor’s Note: Mandatory evacuation orders for the Ptarmigan Fire have been lifted. Several neighborhoods remain in a state of pre-evacuation.
A wildfire that broke out on US Forest Service lands northeast of Silverthorne forced the evacuation of many residents of the Hamilton Creek neighborhood on the afternoon of Monday, September 27.
The blaze, which authorities are calling the Ptarmigan Blaze, was burning between 30 and 40 acres according to the Forest Service’s latest update Monday night. No house burned down.
The first reports of smoke sightings from Ptarmigan Mountain, just outside the border of the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area, arrived around 4:30 p.m., according to Summit Fire and EMS Chief Travis Davis. At around 6 p.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents of Lakeview Circle in the upper Hamilton Creek neighborhood, and a mandatory evacuation order was issued across the neighborhood to 20 hours.
– Sawyer d’Argonne
2. Ptarmigan Fire approaches 100 acres and further evacuations have been ordered.
It was another gloomy day in Summit County on Tuesday, September 28, as community members watched the Ptarmigan Fire northeast of Silverthorne continue to throw a plume of black smoke over the area.
Those evacuated from their homes gathered at Silverthorne Town Hall to obtain credentials in the hope that they would have a chance to return, even for a few minutes, to collect their most valuable items and the most importants. Residents prayed for the skies to open and a downpour on the blaze. And firefighters and planes from across the state have arrived in force to protect hundreds of homes under the looming force of nature.
“It’s scary,” said Calvin Stewart, a Hamilton Creek resident who was evacuated Monday night. “… Of course your first thought – to be in denial – is, ‘We’re doing great. But the reality is, we can’t. “
– Sawyer d’Argonne
3. Breckenridge breaks cap on short-term rentals after hostile second reading
Breckenridge City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance capping non-exempt short-term rental licenses at 2,200 at second reading, with some changes since first reading.
At the September 28 council meeting, Mayor Eric Mamula stressed that this was not the end of the city’s discussion on short-term rentals and that more work on exemptions would come “fairly quickly”.
Mamula said reading some of the letters sent to the council had been “painful” and added that he had had “relatively unpleasant” interactions with townspeople opposed to the ceiling.
– Lindsey Toomer
4. The evacuations of Ptarmigan Incendie lifted
The evacuees return home.
Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons announced in a community update at Silverthorne Town Hall on Wednesday evening, September 29, that residents of the Hamilton Creek and Upper Angler Mountain Ranch neighborhoods would be allowed to get home at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning September 30. .
– Sawyer d’Argonne
5. Summit County Commissioners Frustrated With Lack Of CDOT Work Along US Highway 6 and Interstate 70
If Summit County residents were the only ones using major community roads such as US Highway 6, Colorado Highway 9, and exits along Interstate 70, most of the negative impacts on transportation would not be. not as widespread as today. But it’s not just the residents who use these major arteries – it’s also the daily visitors to the Front Range, out-of-state vacationers, and travelers trying to get to the rest of the West Slope.
That’s the main message the three Summit County commissioners tried to convey at a joint biannual meeting of the Summit County Commissioners Council and the Colorado Department of Transportation on Tuesday, September 28.
– Jenna dejong