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5 Things to Know: July 6, 2017

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Posted at 6:01 AM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 12:43:38-04

DENVER -- Good morning! Here's what you need to know today, Thursday July 6.

1. Peak 2 fire continues to burn
Nearly 500 homes near Breckenridge have been evacuated due to the fast-growing Peak 2 fire wildfire Wednesday. The fire grew to more than 83 acres Wednesday and prompted authorities to put the whole area on alert for potentially more evacuations.

2. Hot, dry conditions persist
We'll see highs in the upper 90s on the plains, with 70s and 80s in the mountains. Today's temperatures are about 7 to 10 degrees above normal.

3. Roads reopen after water main break
For a second time in less than a year, a 130-year-old water main ruptured in Denver's Highlands neighborhood Wednesday. The break flooded the area near Zuni Street and West 29th Avenue. Service was restored and roads reopened after overnight repairs. 

4. Environment Colorado Recognizes Dem Rep. Jared Polis
The group will recognize Democratic Rep. Jared Polis today as an "environmental champion" and present him with an award for his 100% voting record on their recent federal scorecard.

5. It's National Fried Chicken Day!
Need an excuse to have fried chicken for dinner tonight? Here you go!