Evacuations underway as wildfire breaks out near Breckenridge, Colorado

Wildfire north of Breckenridge prompts evacuations

So far the fire has destroyed about 80 acres and forced the evacuation of 463 homes near Breckenridge, one of the most visited ski resorts in the western hemisphere. Wheeler, Peaks, Gold Hill, Miners trails were closed.

The entire town of Breckenridge was under pre-evacuation notice as a fire continued to grow on Wednesday, CBS Denver reports.

Authorities tell 9NEWS the Peak 2 fire is still burning - and firefighters expect the winds, and the heat to pick back up tomorrow.

Peak 7 will remain on mandatory evacuation through at least noon Thursday.

In northern Nevada, officials advised residents to leave their homes ahead of one of several fires sweeping across dry rangeland, reported ABC News.

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However, evacuation orders are expected to remain in place until midday on Thursday.

The American Red Cross has also opened an evacuation center in the town of Frisco for residents affected by the fire.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost in the fire. Firefighters will be working to establish an anchor point on the fire by using direct and indriect suppression methods, such as building containment lines when and where it is safe to do so. Local fire agencies include: Red, White & Blue Fire; Lake Dillon Fire; Copper Mountain Fire; Leadville Fire Department; Vail Fire Department; Kremmling Fire; North-West Fire; Grand Lake Fire; Town of Breckenridge; Summit County Sheriff's Office.

The fire is still estimated at 60-70 acres and the air attack is ongoing.

Smoke jumping teams were en route to the fire.

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