Wildfire Burning Near Breckenridge 80 Percent Contained

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters on Monday battled a wildfire in Summit County near Breckenridge they say is now 80 percent contained.

The French Gulch Fire forced the closure of French Creek Road at the Country Boy Mine but the road has since reopened.

The fire is burning about one mile east of the Wellington neighborhood.

The French Gulch Fire (credit: CBS)

The French Gulch Fire (credit: CBS)

Area residents were worried they would have to evacuate but no structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered.

“We have lived here for 16 years and fires are always in the back of our minds,” resident Kathy Shuman said. “This is really the closest it’s ever been.”

The fire only burned about an acre but there’s a lot of beetle-kill pines in the area making for a tense situation.

The fire was giving off heavy smoke during the day Monday.

Firefighters say fire danger in Summit County is currently very high.

“We’re currently under a high fire danger up here … went into that through the weekend and it’s getting really dry out,” Jay Nelson with the Red, White and Blue Fire District said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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