Breaking! Hotline For Pet Owners Set Up As Growing Wildfire On Buffalo Mountain In Colorado Causes Hurried Evacuations

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A wildfire that began around 11:00 am this morning on Buffalo Mountain, which is west of Silverthorne and north of Frisco, Colorado, has hundreds of people evacuating their homes.

The Summit Fire and EMS now estimate the fire size at more than 91acres.

Officials have warned that winds were expected to gust to 20 mph on this afternoon, which could fan the fire and cause it to rapidly spread.

The growing fire is currently forcing evacuations at the top half of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina.

Authorities have set up an evacuation shelter at the Silverthorne Recreation Center at 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne.

KKTV has reported that Silverthorne Elementary School, located at 101 Hamilton Creek Road in Silverthorne, will also open as a shelter at 2:00 pm this afternoon.

According to the Summit Fire and E.M.S. Facebook page, the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter has set up a hotline for residents who need help retrieving pets left at homes in the area at (970) 668-4143.

Authorities are requesting residents do not call 9-1-1. The public hotline number for updates is (970) 668-9730. The county is also frequently updating an emergency blog at http://www.co.summit.co.us/emergencyblog.

WAN will update this story as it develops.

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