By Danielle Chavira

UPDATE: Evacuees In Silverthorne Return Home, Battle Against Ptarmigan Fire Greatly Aided By Weather Conditions

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Summit County firefighters say there is a small wildfire burning in the Ptarmigan Wilderness northeast of the Town of Silverthorne. Helicopters are responding at the request of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says the entire Hamilton Creek subdivision is now under an evacuation order, not just those above Lake View Circle.

Angler Mountain and South 40 on are pre-evacuation status.

(credit: Town of Silverthorne)

Summit Fire officials held a community meeting and streamed it on Facebook. There they said more than 300 homes have been evacuated, and the fire is approximately 40 acres.

Ptarmigan Fire (credit: USFS)

They expect cooler temperatures to help them fight the fire. Fire officials say the fire is spotting outside of the main blaze.

Video from Twitter user @MageOmega confirms that.

“Air resources have been ordered for the fire above the Angler Mountain subdivision, and ground crews are standing by. But the heavily wooded area is to dangerous to get in on foot,” Summit Fire stated on social media.

As the sun set, those air resources were grounded. They will begin working by dropping retardant in the morning.

(credit: Summit County)

The Summit County Office of Emergency Management says if the situation becomes worse, they will alert the public. They ask the public to not call 911 to report the fire.

The American Red Cross is responding. They are to set up a shelter at Summit Middle School. They anticipate offering overnight shelter for residents.

Pets can be housed at The Animal Shelter which will be open until 9 p.m. Pet owners are asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 970-668-8600 after 9 p.m. and ask for an officer to meet you. The shelter will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Danielle Chavira