Summit County, Forest Service discuss who pays for what in $2M cost of fighting Breckenridge fire

September 14

The suppression effort surrounding the July Peak 2 fire near Breckenridge ultimately totaled more than $2 million, and Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service are now close to terms on who will foot which parts of the bill.

On Tuesday afternoon at its regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved kicking in as much as $400,000 out of its annual fire mitigation account as part of a cost-share agreement. The compact now heads to the sheriff — the individual who technically oversees county fire response as the statutory fire warden — for review before final feedback and approval through the Forest Service’s Dillon Ranger District.