Residents evacuated by Ptarmigan fire allowed back home Thursday morning

Wet and cooler weather calmed the Ptarmigan fire on Wednesday, and people who evacuated their homes because of the wildfire will be allowed back in on Thursday morning.

The fire had minimal growth on Wednesday, although there was fire burning within the interior of the fire zone, fire officials said.

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons lifted the evacuation order, although the area will remain in a pre-evacuation status. On Wednesday there was no containment on the 83-acre fire.

Some residents were eager to return home Wednesday, but officials considered it too risky to allow people back in as firefighters were coming out and darkness was falling.

“It’s logisitics,” said Fitzsimons of the 10 a.m. Thursday reopening for residents.

David Barjenbruch, of the National Weather Service, said about one-tenth of an inch of rain fell on the fire area during the day Wednesday. The fire also had rain overnight Tuesday.

Firefighters will continue to use planes and helicopters to fight the fire depending on cooperative, non-stormy, weather. Ground crews will fight the fire Thursday and bulldozers could be involved as part of building a containment line, fire officials said.

Road blocks, staffed by deputies, will be in place and only credentialed residents, for the most part, will be allowed back in.

Thursday’s weather forecast calls for a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, with a high temperature in the mid-50s. Winds will gust to about 16 mph and the chance for precipitation is 40%.

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