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Summit County Government

Posted on: October 2, 2021

Ptarmigan Fire 20 percent contained

Ptarmigan Fire Sept 30

Fire near Silverthorne mapped at 86 acres

Oct. 1, 2021 5 p.m.

Media Contact: Steve Lipsher, Summit Fire & EMS Community Resource Officer,

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – Firefighters working on the Ptarmigan Fire northeast of Silverthorne have created containment line around about 20 percent of the burn area, aimed at increasing protection of the two most exposed neighborhoods. 

Nearly 300 fire personnel have been assigned to the fire, which has burned an estimated 86 acres in heavy timber riddled with treacherous downfall and dead-standing trees. 

Alongside the efforts by hand crews to create fire containment lines, structure-protection crews continued to patrol the Hamilton Creek and upper Angler Mountain neighborhoods. 

Those neighborhoods, along with the South Forty and Ptarmigan neighborhoods, remain in pre-evacuation status until the risk of fire is minimized. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and be ready to evacuate if conditions change.

Looking ahead for the weekend, fire activity is expected to continue, and residents may see smoke or visible flames but do not need to call 9-1-1. Residents also are likely to encounter fire personnel and heavy equipment on the roads and should exercise caution. They are asked to leave any firefighting equipment undisturbed and in place.

Unless the situation changes or there are any substantial updates, additional public information will be limited, but residents should be assured that fire crews will continue working each day to build additional containment line and put out the fire.

The entire burn area and the trails leading into it – including the Angler Mountain and Ptarmigan trails – are under a U.S. Forest Service closure.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The latest information on evacuation and pre-evacuation status is available by signing up for Summit County Emergency Alerts ( and at

Current information is available on Inciweb:, Facebook, and from the Ptarmigan Fire Hotline at 970-668-9700.


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