Cameron Peak Fire: Update

Photos Taken by Brett Raver, from their property in Rist Canyon, of Cameron Peak Fire.

This post was updated on September 18 at 10 am

North 40 Mountain Alliance – N40 Alliance

09/09 Update at 1:54 pm

Credentials for residents/property owners in current mandatory evacuation areas will be offered Thursday (09/10) & Friday (09/11) at CLP Middle School, 9a-7p. Full details at https://www.larimer.org/cameron-peak-fire-evacuation-credentialling.

From: Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
August 30, 2020

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On Friday afternoon, representatives of the mountain fire departments met with Larimer County Emergency Services (LCES) and members of the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team handling the Cameron Peak fire. Chief Rode and I were there on behalf of Crystal Lakes VFD, attending along with chief officers from Red Feather, Glacier View, Poudre Canyon, and Rist Canyon VFDs. LCES and the NIMO team updated us on current and expected fire behavior and asked us to share the following information and advice with our community.

While the fire hasn’t grown as fast as it was in the beginning, when we were advised that evacuation was imminent, and we’ve had some cooler weather in the last couple of days that slowed fire growth somewhat, we are very far from being out of the woods. The fire is burning in fuels and terrain that make fighting it directly impossible (I’ll be posting something in a day or so explaining this in more detail), and firefighters have been focusing on creating indirect containment lines that are some distance from the fire’s edge (this is both to ensure firefighter safety and because the terrain closer to the fire does not permit them to build effective containment lines). The combination of the terrain and the heavy timber make it extremely unlikely that the fire will be extinguished until we get some serious snow, and current long-range forecasts suggest that that may not happen this year until November.

This is an extremely volatile, hard-to-predict situation that can change quickly, either as a result of an alteration in the weather pattern or a new fire start closer to our area. Despite the better weather, evacuation is still very likely at some point, so please continue to be prepared to leave. Anyone who’s already removed their camper or large-animal trailer from the area is advised to keep it off the mountain — such vehicles have the potential to create dangerous traffic jams during evacuation. There are otherwise no bars to coming and going from our area as you find necessary. If you haven’t already signed up to receive emergency notifications at https://nocoalert.org, you should do so before returning to the mountain so you can be assured of receiving evacuation notices as soon as they’re issued.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the time the slower fire growth has offered us to mitigate your property. If you haven’t begun work to mitigate your property, it’s time to get started (even as simple a step as cleaning out your gutters and raking pine needles away from your house can have a significant impact on its defensibility). If you’ve done some mitigation work, now’s the time to expand on your efforts, recheck the work you’ve already done, and ensure you’ve done everything you can. Firefighters are doing and will continue to do everything they can to keep this fire out of our communities, but there are no guarantees, and property owners must do their part to help make their homes and lots defensible.

The Crystal Lakes VFD has a mitigation checklist posted on our website, along with a number of links to mitigation advice, here: https://www.clvfd.org/community/fire-mitigation.

The most recent public Situation Report from the county is here: Situation Report Cameron Peak Wildfire 8-28-2020 (My apologies for the delay in getting this one out.)

This is an ongoing, evolving situation, and we absolutely understand how difficult it is to be in this limbo, with information and advice changing as the situation changes. We’re property owners too and stuck in the same limbo. We’re committed to continuing to share the information we receive and keeping our community both up-to-date and safe. We’ll get through this together.

Community Credentialing | Cameron Peak Fire Preparation 08/27/20 

This is not an evacuation notice. See below if you have not yet gotten your credentials

Credentials The Cameron Peak Fire is still evolving, and we want to take every precaution we can to keep our communities safe.  While we hope no additional evacuations are needed, we are implementing plans to be as prepared as possible and will issue credentials as appropriate.

Cameron Peak Fire is still evolving and we want to take every precaution we can to keep our communities safe. While we hope no additional evacuations are needed, we are implementing plans to be prepared as possible and will issue credentials as appropriate. Purpose of credentials is to speed up the process of post fire re-entry. Credentials are not required for day to day access as long as you can show proof of residency during fire operations. Credentials will only be issued to residents and property owners from the communities of Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes, and those in current evacuation areas voluntary and mandatory. Credentials will be issued the week of August 31 through September 4. Mon, Wed, Fri 8am to 2pm. Tues, Thurs 2pm to 7pm. Location to get your credential, Cache La Poudre Middle School 3515 County Road 54G Laporte. Inside the school this is not a drive through. visit www.larimer.org/cpf for more information. This is not an evacuation notice. Do not call 911 to confirm this message.

Purpose of credentials: We know from past experience that credentials speed up the process of post-fire re-entry when large numbers of residents are returning to their homes/property in areas impacted by fire activity.  That said, credentials are not required for day to day access to your property as long as you can show proof of residency/ownership during fire operations.  Credentials will speed up the process for post-fire access to closed areas for damage assessments, to enter donation centers, and to gain entry to meetings or briefings specific to areas affected by the fire.  These are physical credentials and cannot be mailed or sent electronically.  This is to help prevent unauthorized persons from accessing your property. Only one credential will be issued per household/property.  We believe this will allow for better accountability and help safeguard your property. It is also extremely important to limit access into hazard areas until the areas are safe for re-entry.

Who can/should get credentials: Credentials will only be issued to residents and property owners from the communities of Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes, and those in current evacuation areas (voluntary and mandatory):

  • Rustic

  • the Pingree Hill area (CR69 between Rustic and Goodell Corner)

  • the Long Draw Road/Long Draw Reservoir area

  • the Crown Point/Hourglass Reservoir/CSU Mountain Campus area

  • the upper Buckhorn/Pennock Pass area

  • The area from the intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 103 north to Four Corners and areas around Chambers Lake

  • The area south of County Road 86 (Deadman Road) from County Road 103 east to County Road 73C and south to Highway 14

***Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes are not part of the current evacuation areas.  Credentials are being issued to those communities as a precautionary measure.

To verify if you are in one of the current evacuation areas, visit https://nocoalert.org/ and follow the directions in red just above the map to search for your address. Credentials are not being offered for any other areas at this time.

If you do not live nearby, but own a home/property in the areas listed above you do not have to travel to Larimer County to get a credential.  See the “Those who cannot appear in person to receive a credential” section below.

When:

Credentials will be issued the week of August 31 through September 4 (Monday – Friday).

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday and Thursday:  2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where:

Credentials will be issued at Cache La Poudre Middle School (see dates/times above)

  • 3515 County Road 54G, Laporte, CO 80535

  • Inside the school (not a drive through process)

What you need to bring:

To show proof of residency and/or ownership, you will need to present one of the following to receive credentials:

  • Government issued photo ID with an address inside the affected area

  • Copy of a current utility bill with your name and address inside the affected area plus a government issued photo ID

  • Larimer County Assessor record of property ownership inside the affected area plus a government issued photo ID

  • Rental agreement/lease with you name and address inside the affected area plus a government issued photo ID

  • If you do not have the above documentation, bring what you can to prove who you are and where you live/own property.  We will work with you to meet the requirements to receive a credential

Those who cannot appear in person to receive a credential:

If you do not live nearby and have no plan to access your property during a time when evacuations are in place, you do not need to do anything.  If you change your mind, you will need to show proof of residency and/or ownership (see “What you need to bring” section above) to access your property.

If you own a home/property in these areas, but do not live nearby and would like a trusted friend or relative to access your property:

  • Email oem@larimer.org

    • Include your name, contact information, and address of your property in the affected area

    • Include the name and contact information of the person you authorize to check your property

  • Your trusted person will need to appear in person with a copy of one of the forms of documentation to prove ownership of property (see “What you need to bring” section above) to receive a physical credential after your request has been approved

  • After approval, instructions will be provided explaining how your trusted person will obtain the credential

If you have additional questions, please call 970-498-5855.  We are answering questions as fast as we can and you may need to leave a voicemail message.  Messages are being checked between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

LCSO – Wildfire Mandatory Evacuations ordered

2020-09-08 16:30 MDT

This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. Cameron Peak fire officials have issued voluntary evacuations for the areas of the Glen Haven Retreat, the town of Glen Haven, and Storm Mountain. Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents and business occupants if they are concerned for their safety, feel they need additional time to exit the area, or have health conditions that may be aggravated by this incident. You are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare for mandatory evacuations. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.

2020-08-30 17:11 MDT

From the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with updates on the Cameron Peak Fire voluntary evacuations for the upper Buckhorn/Pennock Pass area (County Road 44H from Pennock Pass east to County Road 27 as well as residences to the south using County Road 44H as access).

Fire officials have lifted the voluntary evacuation area because of changing weather, cooler temperatures, and low fire behavior. Please be prepared and ready as new evacuations for this area will be ordered if/when unfavorable weather conditions exist and/or fire behavior changes. There are no changes to current mandatory evacuation areas.

For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that keyword as needed. See evacuation maps at www.nocoalert.org. Please do not call 911 to verify this message.

2020-08-21 14:32:19 MDT

This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. The Cameron Peak Fire activity has increased in the area south of Highway 14 toward Crown Point, the Pingree Park Road and County Road 44H area. Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for residents and businesses in the area, up to and including Pennock Pass on County Road 44H due to immediate and imminent danger. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.

 

Smoke from the Cameron Peak fire seen from Horsetooth Reservoir Friday, August 14 at 6:22 p.m.
Photo by Steven Bonifazi.

 

The Cameron Peak Fire started 25 miles East of Walden and 15 miles Southwest of Red Feather Lakes on Thursday afternoon. It quickly grew to 1540 acres on August 13, then to 2,179 acres by the morning of August 14. Through the week, the fire has continued to grow, prompting officials to expand a mandatory evacuation boundary. At 9:00 am on August 20 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team reported the size of the fire at 16,461 acres.

We have posted closure information with a current boundary map below.

The latest updates will continue to be posted at – http://northfortynews.com/cameronpeakfire

PHOTO COURTESY CANYON LAKES RANGER DISTRICT VIA TWITTER


PHOTO COURTESY CANYON LAKES RANGER DISTRICT VIA TWITTER

 

Current Evacuations Map

 

 

Boundary Map Within the National Forest

August 14, 3:49 pm

The Forest Service closure order with specific closing information of forest roads, trails, and campgrounds, can be seen at: fseprd780832 (1)

Mandatory evacuations have been put into place. Please see details below for messages from Larimer County.

 

Official Updates

From Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3

9/18 Update at 10 am

Containment Grows, Fire Activity Unchanged

Current Situation:  Yesterday, containment increased to 15% due to successfully connecting fire line on the east side along the Pingree Park Road.  The fire perimeter continued to remain unchanged despite the very smokey conditions.  In all sections of the fire, fire activity mirrored the past few days with the Green Ridge area along Highway 14 (“the thumb”) being the most active and heavily supported with helicopters.  Progress on this section of line was made although it continues to be slow-going due to the distance needed to connect lines and additional hazards posed to firefighter safety.  Construction of the contingency indirect lines and structure protection in the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions also continued.  The sections of line along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road and Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir remained stable allowing extra firefighting resources to focus on other areas of the fire.  This included Estes Park and Glen Haven with structure assessment and indirect fire line construction.          

Today’s weather will exemplify a typical September day in the Rocky Mountains with temperatures around 70 degrees, low humidity and mild winds.  These conditions will result in smoke being settled and visible in the communities around the fire area.  Both fire behavior and firefighting efforts are expected to be nearly identical to yesterday.  Firefighters will continue constructing fire lines with the goal of tying fire lines together on the perimeter to prevent fire growth and protect subdivisions and communities.  The northwestern corner is expected to be the most active with multiple firefighting crews supported by helicopters continuing to connect fire line as conditions allow.  Additional firefighting crews will be arriving to aid in the overarching goal of expanding containment while keeping the fire at its current footprint.

Closures and Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations were lifted for the Stratton park area; Mandatory evacuations were downgraded to voluntary for the following areas: Highway 14 from Stove Prairie Landing west to Kelly Flats, and County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27, for a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. Information about the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closure around the fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964.  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a variety of closures on trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened. Old Fall River Road remains closed. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system will continue in place until Saturday. The temperatures for the next few days will drop to the 60s with humidity remaining in the teens.  Winds will shift to the southeast for tomorrow and to the southwest for the rest of the week. By the weekend a storm system will move in from the south and possibly bring thunderstorms to the area.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm, Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

9/17 Update at 10 am 

Dave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3 Incident Commander

Higher Humidity Results in Lessened Fire Activity

Current Situation:  The Green Ridge area along Highway 14 (“the thumb”) was the most active section of the fire yesterday.  Firefighters supported by helicopters made some progress on this section of line, however steep slopes, beetle-killed trees, and access present increased hazards to firefighters.  In the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions the contingency line was also strengthened by locating additional resources to enhance structure protection and continue vegetation removal.  On the northeastern, eastern, and southeastern perimeters; Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road and Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir respectively, lines remained secure.  In the areas of Estes Park and Glen Haven, fire managers refined plans to conduct structure protection and also worked to build indirect lines around communities, should they be needed.  Overall, fire activity was lessened due to higher humidity in the afternoon.

Today, firefighters will continue constructing direct and indirect fire lines and implementing structure protection. Established firefighting tactics will continue with resources working on all sides of the fire and the bulk of resources located on the northwestern and northern sides where fire is the most active and winds are pushing the fire.  Fire activity will remain elevated with the dry conditions, warm temperatures, and low humidity.  This weekend fire perimeters will once again be tested with a thunderstorm expected to bring gusty erratic winds although an increase in humidity, lower temperatures, and possible rain are expected to prevent spread and diminish fire activity.

Closures and Evacuations: For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964.  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a variety of closures on trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system will continue in place until Saturday. The temperatures for the next few days will drop to the 60s with humidity remaining in the teens.  Winds will shift to the southeast for tomorrow and to the southwest for the rest of the week. By the weekend a storm system will move in from the south and possibly bring thunderstorms to the area.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm, Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

9/16 Update at 10 am

Containment Increases

Current Situation:  Yesterday, firefighters established containment in the section of fire just south of Highway 14 from east of Glen Echo and west of the Pingree Park Road. Containment efforts are ongoing along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road and the Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir. The fire flared up in the Green Ridge area along Highway 14 (“the thumb”) under the increased winds. Five heavy helicopters worked to moderate fire activity so crews could continue to make progress on multiple sections of line. Firefighters used heavy equipment and crews to continue contingency line construction and structure protection efforts in the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions.

Today and over the next several days, fire activity is expected to increase due to drying fuels, warm temperatures, and low humidity.  Firefighters will continue working in and around communities in proximity to the fire’s perimeter doing structure protection and indirect line construction.  Direct line construction along Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road, and Highway 14 will be ongoing. More firefighters will be shifted to “the thumb” and other areas of the perimeter to build direct and indirect fire line.  Secured lines will be monitored to ensure the perimeter remains uncompromised.

Closures and Evacuations: The voluntary evacuation for Glacier View was lifted yesterday.  For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964.  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a variety of closures on trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system will continue in place until Saturday. The temperatures for the next few days will drop to the 60s with humidity remaining in the teens.  Winds will shift to the southeast for tomorrow and to the southwest for the rest of the week. By the weekend a storm system will move in from the south and possibly bring thunderstorms to the area.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm, Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Cameron Peak Fire Statistics: 

Size: 102,596 acres

Containment: 8%

Total Personnel: 1032

Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO

Reported: August 13

Cause: Under investigation

9/15 Update at 10 am 

Dave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3 Incident Commander

Firefighters Closing Gaps Despite Challenging Conditions

Current Situation: During the past 24 hours, good progress was made on direct fire lines along the Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir, Pingree Park Road, Highway 14 and the section of fire above Highway 14 (the Thumb) despite the rugged terrain and distance required for line construction. Firefighters also continued construction of indirect fire line and structure protection measures near the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions to protect these communities, should the fire move in that direction where there is unburned fuel. Helicopter operations focused on hot spots in the Thumb that was very active and in Rocky Mountain National Park where some flare ups occurred. Fire officials from Estes Park, Glen Haven and surrounding communities met to refine the last several days planning efforts and began developing implementation strategies for work in these areas.

Today, a multipronged approach will continue on the western, northern, and eastern perimeters as fire managers seek to construct a boundary around the fire to box it in. Extra resources will be located along the Buckhorn Road and Comanche Lake section of fire line to prevent perimeter growth from the anticipated northwesterly wind event. Air operations will continue supporting ground crews as needed, focusing on the most active areas of the fire where hot spots have been observed and fire activity is picking up. In the coming days, once firefighters are able to secure existing fire lines and connect them together, containment will increase.

Closures and Evacuations:Today the voluntary evacuation for Glacier View was lifted. There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visithttps://nocoalert.orgfor more information. The Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found athttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a variety of closures on trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visithttps://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

Weather & Fuel Conditions:A high pressure system will remain in place throughout the week and the temperatures will remain in the 70s with humidity in the teens. Tomorrow will bring a change in the winds with gusts from the northwest up to 25 mph. The wind will be a good test of the establish firelines and mop up efforts to see where additional work needs to be completed and what sections of the line are holding. By the weekend a storm system will move in from the south and possibly bringing thunderstorms to the area.

Fire Restrictions:The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdffor more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please seehttps://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available athttps://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

9/14 Update at 10 am

Fire Activity Picking Up

Current Situation:  With warm temperatures, low humidity and a sunny day the snow continued to melt rapidly, and the fire activity became more noticeable. Conditions remained favorable allowing firefighters to mop-up and construct direct firelines along Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir, Pingree Park Road and Highway 14. Structure protection and indirect fireline construction occurred near the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions. This strategy will continue for the next several weeks as the fire perimeter is approximately 237 miles covering rough country with steep slopes, downed logs, trees and snags. Fire managers were successful in identifying the future fireline location in the Green Ridge area referred to as “the thumb” and resources began constructing direct line in the area. Aided by firefighters on the ground, helicopters with water drops were utilized in the area to put out hot spots. Planning and structure assessments continued for Estes Park, Glen Haven and surrounding communities.

Today, firefighters will focus direct line construction and mop up along Buckhorn Road and Comanche Lake section of the line in anticipation of the arrival of a northwesterly wind predicted for Tuesday. Work will continue on other sections of the fire, but surge forces will be focused in on the Buckhorn/Pingree Park area.

Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964.  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system has settled over the region bringing with it warm temperatures in the 60s-70s and humidities in the teens. Winds will be light and variable on Monday, but Tuesday will see breezier conditions out of the northwest. This weather pattern is expected to persist to the weekend when the area is expected to experience another round of thunderstorms.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please seehttps://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm  Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Cameron Peak Fire Statistics: 

Size: 102,596 acres

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 1054

Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO

Reported: August 13

  Cause: Under investigation

9/13 Update at 10 am

Melting Snow Provides Opportunities for Direct Attack

Current Situation: No perimeter growth was experienced yesterday due to remaining snow and moisture.  These conditions allowed fire managers to utilize firefighters in lower elevations along the Buckhorn Road, Pingree Park Road and Highway 14 to hold the fire perimeter and build direct fire line tying into control features such as roads, rock outcroppings, and water features. As a precautionary measure, firefighting resources also worked on structure protection and indirect fire line in Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions.  In Estes Park and surrounding communities, the fire chief worked with managers of the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 to assess structures and establish a defensible plan.

Today, weather will be typical of mid-September with highs in the 60s and sunny which will melt snow.  Fire activity will still be minimal, allowing firefighters to continue building direct fire line on the west, north and east sides of the fire edge.  Line construction on the alternate containment lines is ongoing as well as scouting options for direct line construction opportunities in the Green Ridge area. Steep slopes, heavy fuel loading, and standing dead trees present increased complexity and hazards to firefighters.  As lower elevation fire line is established and maintained, crews will follow receding snow into higher elevations employing the same tactics by using surge resources for line construction.

Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt.  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) reopened yesterday and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Sunday will be sunny and warmer with maximum temperatures 55-65 degrees. High pressure will build over the Rockies and persist through the weekend and the upcoming week. Temperatures will warm back towards near normal today and above normal for next week. The high pressure will result in mostly light to moderate slope-driven winds through the week. Mostly sunny skies are expected for much of the week ahead.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfTto learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/12 Update at 10 am

Southwest Area Team Takes Over Cameron Peak Fire

Current Situation: Fire activity remained minimal on the fire yesterday. However, an infrared flight conducted yesterday afternoon, showed a significant number of hot spots within the fire that could flare up in the days to come. Crews continue to surge resources and focus on building direct line along the fire’s edge in the Buckhorn and Pingree Park area, along Highway 14, and mopping up hot spots. The portion of the fire in Rocky Mountain National Park received another 6 inches of snow on Friday which allowed crews to focus on other areas of the fire.

Today, crews will continue to build direct line along Highway 14, the north end of Pingree Park Road and the Buckhorn Road while looking for hot spots to extinguish along the fire’s edge. Fire Officials are still considering the best and safest action to engage the fire north of Highway 14. They are proceeding with the completion of the Killpecker line and looking to utilize this line to box in the northern finger of the fire. Crews will also be working on contingency lines in the Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes areas.

Firefighter and public safety continued to be the top priority as firefighters contend with slippery roads and slopes, rolling debris, and fire weakened trees. The week ahead is expected to be increasing hot and dry with smoke and flames becoming more visible.

Southwest Area Incident management Team 3 assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire today as Rocky Mountain Team Black takes some much deserved rest and the Portland NIMO team heads to the Pacific Northwest to assist in firefighting efforts there. Incident Commander, Dave Gesser stated: “I commend the Rocky Mountain Team Black and Portland NIMO Team for the quality work and a smooth transition. We continue to build on their efforts, with a keen eye on safety for our firefighters and the community, in all that we do.”

Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, as well as road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. The closure was initially put in place on Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns tied to the potential of heavy smoke and low visibility on this high elevation road. The closure has remained in place due to drifted snow and significant ice. It is unknown when Trail Ridge Road will reopen. This closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice. A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: High pressure will build over the Rockies and persist through the weekend and most of the upcoming week. Temperatures will warm back towards near normal today and above normal for next week. The high pressure will result in mostly light to moderate slope-driven winds through the week. Mostly sunny skies are expected for much of the week ahead.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

From the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

9/11 Update at 10 am

Current Situation:Yesterday, fire behavior continued to be minimal with pockets of isolated heat remaining in some areas of the fire. This minimal activity allowed firefighters to “mop-up” areas of heat along accessible roadways, reinforcing existing fire lines, and constructing direct fire line where feasible. The mop up operations include cutting up and extinguishing larger fuels such as smoldering logs and stumps that can hold pockets of heat for long periods of time. Progress was made along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, and Buckhorn Road as mop-up continued around structures. Firefighter and public safety continued to be the top priority as many of the secondary unpaved roads were icy early in the day. Many roads continued to be impassable due to downed trees, powerlines, and rockslides which firefighters and agency partners are working to clear to give utilities and assessment crews access. Weather patterns remained favorable for containment with the soil and fuels still saturated from the storm earlier this week and additional overnight moisture received in the form of rain and snow on some parts of the fire. While the wet and snowy conditions are very favorable for minimal fire activity and spread, it does present added safety hazards to firefighters working on steep slopes that are now slippery and snow covered.

Crews will again be working in areas that are accessible. As conditions improve firefighters will be able to access additional locations to continue mop up and containment actions along the fire perimeter to reduce threats from smoldering fuels and open fire edge. Firefighters will also continue to strengthen protection measures around homes and other values at risk.

At 6:00 a.m. on September 12, Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 will assume command of the fire. The Portland NIMO team and Rocky Mountain Team Black are rotating off of the incident to prepare for their next assignments.

Closures and Evacuations:There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, as well as road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. The closure was initially put in place on Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns tied to the potential of heavy smoke and low visibility on this high elevation road. The closure has remained in place due to drifted snow and significant ice. It is unknown when Trail Ridge Road will reopen. This closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice. A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf.

Weather & Fuel Conditions:Light snow showers will linger across the area through early this afternoon before coming to an end and skies begin to clear. Less than half an inch of additional snow accumulation is expected. It will be a windy day today with strong west winds of gusts to 40 mph. Look for clear skies tonight and Saturday with much lighter winds Saturday. Mostly sunny skies through the extended forecast with temperatures rising back into the 70s. Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/10 Update at 10 am 

Access to the Cameron Peak Fire Difficult; Crews Increase and Go Direct

NORTH ZONE – Current Situation: Crews will be working in all divisions constructing control line, mopping up around properties, and continuing protection efforts along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, and the Buckhorn Road, including Monument Gulch. Crews will be mopping up to remove heat from areas of the fire near values at risk in these areas to reduce the chances of these spots becoming more active. Direct line construction will be taking place on the south, east, and north flanks in places where there are opportunities for success. Indirect line construction will resume between the fire and the Glacier View, Red Feather Lakes, and Crystal Lakes communities. Fire activity will again be diminished today due to low temperatures and precipitation. 1,200 personnel are now assigned to the Cameron Peak Fire, an increase of about 300 firefighters from just a few days ago. 

Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, as well as road closures, please visithttps://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt.

SOUTH ZONE – Current Situation: Due to the snowstorm that moved into the area on Tuesday morning, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team continued to focus their attention on strategic planning including expanding knowledge of values at risk with some scouting for fire line placement in lower elevations. Road conditions and access continue to be a limitation. When roads become passable and it is safe for firefighters to successfully engage, crews will resume building fire line, providing point protection and structure mitigation.  The snow has made an impact on the fire with some places not holding much heat; however larger fuels are still holding heat due to their density. The fire will become active as the days begin to warm, the winds increase, and the humidity drops later this week and smoke will be increasingly more visible.  However, fire crews will be taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and moisture over the next few days starting in the lower elevations by building direct fire line with the goal of containing the fire at its current footprint.  Planning with agency partners will continue to account for ongoing changing fire and weather conditions.

Closures and Evacuations:  Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. The closure was initially put in place on Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns tied to the potential of heavy smoke and low visibility on this high elevation road.  The closure has remained in place due to drifted snow and significant ice. It is unknown when Trail Ridge Road will reopen. This closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice.  A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park.  For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf. 

There are voluntary evacuations for the areas of the Glen Haven Retreat, the town of Glen Haven, and Storm Mountain. Please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions: It will be slightly warmer today with a chance of light snow showers early, transitioning over to light rain showers in the afternoon. A few snow showers will continue through tonight with little to no snow accumulation. Winds will generally be light through tonight. A front moving through the area tomorrow will bring an increase in winds and a chance for some rain or snow showers. A gradual warming trend will continue each day becoming a little drier and warmer with abundant sunshine beginning this weekend.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visithttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Cameron Peak Fire Statistics: 

Size: 102,596 acres

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 1,200

Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO

Reported: August 13

Cause: Under investigation

    Joint Information Center: 970-980-2500

09/09 Update at 11:30 am

Snow Slows Cameron Peak Fire on Tuesday; Additional Resources Arrive

NORTH ZONE – Current Situation: The predicted cold front moved into the area bringing with it high humidity, precipitation and a north-east wind which abruptly stopped the eastward progress of the fire. Precipitation in the form of snow blanketed the fire area with an accumulation of 8-14 inches of heavy, wet snow which made travel difficult off of main roads. Fire activity will be diminished today due to low temperatures and precipitation.

Crews took advantage of this much needed relief to evaluate the new perimeter of the fire for opportunities to construct direct line to contain the fire and hold it to its current footprint. North Zone firefighters are assessing opportunities to take an offensive stance on the northern and eastern sides of the fire to include Green Ridge, Highway 14, Pingree Park Road and Buckhorn Road areas. On Monday, the fire moved into more favorable terrain and the lighter fuels found within the High Park burn scar which will allow crews to take a more direct approach. Additionally, as more containment is achieved on other Colorado fires, more resources are arriving to assist with fireline construction, monitoring, and mop up operations.

The current weather conditions have tempered fire behavior, but the area will experience a gradual warming and drying trend toward the end of the week with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Heat is expected to persist in heavy logs and under tree canopies. As the weather turns warmer and drier, fire activity is expected to pick up again later in the week.

Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, as well as road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt

SOUTH ZONE – Current Situation: Fire activity was minimal due to the snowy weather conditions which allowed for enhanced operational planning with personnel from Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Valley Fire Chief, Estes Park Police Chief, and Larimer County Sheriff. Planning efforts were focused around identifying decision points for values at risk within the South Zone of Cameron Peak Fire including Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and other adjacent communities.

Today, fire officials are expecting significantly reduced fire activity due to the fuel saturation. Additional crews will be arriving in preparation for resuming suppression activities as this weather pattern diminishes and warmer drier conditions return.

Closures and Evacuations: Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. It is unknown when Trail Ridge Road will reopen. This closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice. Additional trail closures implemented include The Chapin Pass Trail off of Old Fall River Road,

The North Fork Trail, The North Boundary Trail, and The Stormy Peaks Trail in the northeast area of the park and sixteen additional wilderness campsites in these areas. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf.

Larimer County Sheriff has issued voluntary evacuations for the areas of the Glen Haven Retreat, the town of Glen Haven, and Storm Mountain. More information can be found at https://nocoalert.org.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today’s forecast calls for cold temperatures and overcast skies with a few light snow showers through the afternoon with wind chills in the teens at times. Winds will be light and variable with 100% RH recovery. A gradual warming trend will continue each day becoming a little drier and warmer with abundant sunshine returning by the weekend and continuing into next week.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through

September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/8 Update at 1:12 pm

Cameron Peak Fire surpasses 100k acres; cold front expected to slow fire activity

Current Situation: Low humidity, high temperatures, and high winds combined to produce extreme fire behavior on Monday pushing the Cameron Peak Fire to 102,596 acres. Early in the day, the Cameron Peak Fire moved across the indirect lines at Pingree Park continued eastward. The winds that were predicted for the day picked up early driving the fire and grounding aircraft. All resources were in a defensive posture throughout the day with most efforts focused on structure protection in areas expected to be impacted by the fire and strengthening indirect lines. An additional 50 engines were ordered for structure protection groups; those engines arrived throughout the day and were assigned to protection duties in the Pingree Park, Buckhorn, and Stove Prairie Road areas as well as Highway 14.

The situation in those areas evolved rapidly as the fire crossed the Pingree Park Road to the Buckhorn Road and moved north to Highway 14. Towards the end of the day, the finger of the fire that had been stalled out in Green Ridge north of Highway 14, moved northeast towards Kinikinik reaching and crossing the Roaring Creek drainage. The rapid changing fire situation resulted in the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issuing multiple changes in evacuation orders within the surrounding communities as the fire moved past predetermined management action points.

Yesterday, the Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team #3 (IMT), under Incident Commander Dave Gesser, traveled to the Cameron Peak Fire. As of 6 am today, the team has assumed command of the South Zone of the Cameron Peak Fire.  They will focus on the portion of the fire within Rocky Mountain National Park. The team is working with RMNP, Estes Valley Fire Chief, Estes Park Police Chief, and Larimer County Sheriff to develop their operations plan for the upcoming days. The team will develop a plan to provide for firefighter and public safety while working to protect values at risk. They will also look at opportunities to directly engage the fire if they can do so safely should it continue to move through the National Park.

Today crews will be taking advantage of the cold temperatures and snow to assess the effects of the fire, monitor and suppress hot spots, and plan additional control lines in anticipation of temperatures warming and fuels drying in the coming week. Structure assessments will be ongoing as responders can gain access to the areas impacted by the fire. Notifications of property damage will be made by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office as losses are confirmed.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A cold front has moved into the area overnight bringing cold temperatures and precipitation. The weather is expected to remain cold with rain and snow over the fire area for the next several days. The area will begin to warm by Friday as the precipitation will taper off and the fuels will begin to dry.

Closures and Evacuations: As of the time of this update mandatory evacuations are still in effect for: Lady Moon, Red Feather Highlands, Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes, CR27 to Big Bear Rd, Rist Canyon Rd, Hwy 14 from Gateway to Stove Prairie Park, South of Deadman Road to Hwy 14 to the junction of 103 Rd and 190 Rd south, portions of the Rawah Wilderness and Neota Wilderness, and Road 156. Voluntary evacuations are still in effect for: Glen Haven, Storm Mountain, CR27 to Masonville, Buckskin Heights, and Laramie River Road from the junction of Laramie River Road and 190 Road north. This list is not comprehensive so please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information on evacuation areas and road closures. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain NP also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visithttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/4 Update at 10 am

Critical Fire Weather Watch – Fire Activity and Smoke to Increase 

 Current Situation: Fire activity intensified on Thursday under Red Flag Warning Conditions, increasing acreage to 23,903.  Containment remains at 6%. Residents and visitors to the area over the Labor Day weekend should expect to see considerable smoke from unburned fuels.

The fire was most active Thursday on Green Ridge in the Highway 14 corridor, along Peterson Lake on Long Draw Road, and on the northwestern perimeter of the fire in the Rawah Wilderness. Small-scale burn out operations were conducted along Green Ridge as part of ongoing structure protection. Air operations provided support to firefighters on the ground by making water drops on hot spots. Line construction and brush clearing continued on indirect line closer toward the fire with watershed protection and a reduced fire “footprint” in mind. Completion is now estimated at 50% on Killpecker line and 60% on the Comanche Wilderness line. Crews estimate two days left of work on the Neota Wilderness line. Resource Advisors provide guidance during line construction in Wilderness to protect natural, cultural, and other resources on wildland fires.

Active fire behavior and increased smoke is expected again today under warm temperatures, sunny skies, and low relative humidity. The fire is expected to make runs on Green Ridge, south of Sleeping Elephant Mountain, and the upper South Fork of the Poudre River areas. Crews will continue to monitor these areas and conduct burn out operations as needed under favorable conditions to protect structures. Chippers will work on the Manhattan Road and Pingree Park Road to reinforce line and remove fuels and debris using chippers and skidders. As crews complete indirect line, they will join structure protection efforts along Highway 14. Structure mitigation with landowner permission and defense planning will continue in Crystal Lakes, Redfeather Lakes, Glacier View and the surrounding areas.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: The fire area is under a Fire Weather Watch Saturday through Monday. Winds will be mostly light and variable today with minimum relative humidity dropping to around 10%. The combination of warm temperatures, sunny skies, and low relative humidity will increase fire activity. Fire activity will continue to be fuels and terrain driven. Saturday will be the hottest and driest day this weekend with minimum relative humidity possibly as low as single digits.

Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. Larimer County adjusted evacuations for certain areas on Thursday, however other areas remain on mandatory evacuation orders. More information on evacuation areas and road closures can be found athttps://www.larimer.org/cameron-peak-fire. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/3 Update at 4:30 pm

COVID POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL HAD OTHER CONTACTS 

A firefighter on the Cameron Peak Fire with COVID-19 symptoms tested positive on September 1. However, before being quarantined, the firefighter had contact with other people, mostly from his crew, in one of the fire’s forward operating bases (FOBs) but likely not as many as first thought due to safety protocols. A forward operating base is a smaller camp for firefighters where they live, eat and sleep, away from the main Incident Command Post. FOBs have been used on this fire as a COVID-19 mitigation, to reduce the number of people living in a single space. The FOB was locked down and secured Wednesday night under the authority of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment due to the potential exposure of 184 personnel to the positive individual. Today, however, there is reasonable belief that only 25 people had direct contact and nine others had possible contact.

The positive individual had just arrived at the FOB for the night when he felt ill and it was only those who went to help him that were directly exposed. It’s possible that some of the 25 were not in contact long enough to be considered exposed per county guidelines. Fire medical personnel, with the support of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, is determining who meets the county guidelines for isolation or quarantine. There has been no close contact between the individuals with positive cases and the local community.

The Colorado National Guard Rapid Response team has been deployed to conduct testing. Those who test positive will be relocated and isolated per the county’s guidelines. Those who may have been exposed will be tested, relocated and quarantined. Negative tests will be repeated until the county’s guidelines are met and they can be released from quarantine. Those in the FOB determined to have had no contact with the individual will have testing available to them. During the 24-hour waiting period for results, those people will be in “working quarantine” and will continue to work on the fire in small groups using all safe practices. If their tests come back negative, those individuals will be put back on the fireline.

Incident Commander Bea Day explains, “We have a responsibility to this community and to other states to ensure that our people are healthy before we send them home. We know that keeping anyone isolated or quarantined won’t be popular, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s due to the exceptionally good social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing practices at the FOB, that this wasn’t worse.”

All individuals who will be in quarantine or isolation will be cared for by the Cameron Peak Fire. They will have daily check-ins from medical personnel and have food and toiletry items delivered and any other needs taken care of by the Cameron Peak Fire.

Cleaning and sterilization of the FOB will be done after all effected individuals have left so the base will be operational again, hopefully soon. The COVID-19 mitigation efforts that have been in place will remain in place at all FOBs and the Incident Command Post.

Since the Cameron Peak Fire began on August 13, more than 850 different individuals from more than 35 states have worked on the fire. Of these, four have tested positive for COVID-19. The first three cases were identified over a week ago, with the fourth case being confirmed yesterday.

9/3 Update at 10 am

Red Flag Warning in Effect Today; Increased Fire Activity Expected 

Community Meeting Planned Today: Please join us on Facebook for a Virtual Community Meeting today, September 3, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Representatives from the Incident Management Team as well as cooperating agencies, including the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, will provide updates and answer your questions about the Cameron Peak Fire.

Current Situation: Fire behavior increased on Wednesday as fuels dried and winds increased, and the acreage is now at 23,137 acres. Containment remains at 6%.

On Wednesday, visible smoke columns rose from monitored hotspots on the fire perimeter as weather conditions aligned to rekindle fire activity. The fire was most active on the northeastern perimeter as the fire flanked along Green Ridge – crews were on site monitoring the fire and ensuring the safety of nearby structures. Crews monitored fire activity and patrolled Highway 14, Laramie River Road taking structure protection actions as needed. Structure groups assigned to the communities northeast of the fire continued to assess and formulate plans for additional resources should the fire begin to threaten the area. Crews completed about 40% of the line south of Deadman Road toward the Killpecker Tower. The surge crew assigned to the fire continued to build handline south from Crown Point Road into the Comanche Peak Wilderness, and that line is now estimated at 50% completion. Crews also worked to construct indirect line from Cameron Pass through the Neota Wilderness; that line is estimated at 70% complete.

Today, crews will monitor fire activity along the fire’s perimeter and provide point protection and structure mitigation as needed. Structure mitigation with landowner permission and defense planning will continue in Crystal Lakes, Redfeather Lakes, Glacier View and the surrounding areas. Efforts to complete indirect line to connect areas of minimal fuel in the Comanche Peak Wilderness and Neota Wilderness will continue. Construction of the Killpecker line from Deadman road south to Highway 14 will continue today.

 Weather & Fuel Conditions: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Red Flag Warning is the result of dry, warm, and windy conditions that will combine to increase fire activity. As fuels continue to dry, active fire behavior and increased smoke is expected today. Relative humidity will continue to drop into single digits by the weekend resulting in the continuation of critical fire weather.

Closures and Evacuations:Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. Larimer County has mandatory evacuation orders in place near the fire. More information on evacuation areas and road closures can be found at https://www.larimer.org/cameron-peak-fire. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/2 Update at 10 am

Portland National Incident Management Organization 

Bea Day, NIMO Incident Commander

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black 

Troy Hagan, Team Black Incident Commander

Indirect Line Construction Continues As Warm, Dry Weather Returns  

Current Situation: Fire behavior was minimal on Tuesday. The fire grew by 15 acres and is now 23,037 acres according to an overnight mapping flight. Containment increased to 6% due to better mapping of the western edge of the fire.

On Tuesday, crews continued monitoring and continued prep of structures within the fire area on Highway 14, Manhattan Road, Deadman Road, Laramie River Road, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road, and other areas surrounding the fire perimeter. As crews completed indirect line to protect surrounding communities, they have shifted to areas closer to the fire perimeter to begin construction on additional indirect lines. The surge group began building indirect line from Crown Point Road toward the Comanche Peak Wilderness. Crews also began construction on indirect line from Cameron Pass through the Neota Wilderness.

Today, crews will continue to monitor and patrol structures that have been prepped over the past weeks. Structure prep and assessments will continue in communities northeast of the fire and along Buckhorn Road. Crews and heavy equipment will continue to improve indirect lines established over the past few days. Heavy equipment will be used to construct line north of the Crown Point Road. The surge group will continue their efforts to build line south from the Crown Point Road to connect to natural features in the Comanche Peak Wilderness. Crews on the southwest side of the fire will scout for opportunities to construct lines in the Coral Creek area northwest of the Rocky Mountain National Park boundary and will monitor structure protection that is in place along the western portions of Highway 14 and Long Draw corridors.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: West winds are expected to increase over the fire area Wednesday afternoon at 15-25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. As dry and warm conditions settle over the fire area through the weekend, fuels will dry, and fire activity is expected to increase.

Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Yesterday, Larimer County lifted the voluntary evacuation orders near the fire; mandatory evacuation orders remain in place. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visithttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

9/1 Update at 10 am

Portland National Incident Management Organization 

Bea Day, NIMO Incident Commander

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black 

Troy Hagan, Team Black Incident Commander

Containment Grows to 5%, Aided by Natural Features and Rains 

Current Situation: Recent precipitation and cool temperatures continued to quell fire movement with acres holding steady at 23,022. The fire is now 5% contained after a reconnaissance flight on Monday that found that a section of the western boundary of the fire stopped in sparse fuels along a ridgeline. Fire managers are confident that this section of fire edge is contained.

On Monday, crews continued building and reinforcing indirect lines to protect the communities surrounding the fire area, continuing structure assessments in Crystal Lakes, Redfeather Lakes, and Glacier View communities. Other crews scouted locations to establish interior lines south of Deadman Road, focusing efforts on the area around the 517 Road. Surge forces identified and assessed a route from Crown Point Road to connect ridges and meadows in the Comanche Peak Wilderness and began constructing line outside of the Wilderness. Heavy equipment continued moving to Crown Point Road and should begin line construction today. Structure groups continue to patrol the fire area to monitor fire activity and implement structure protection measures as needed. Crews along the Laramie River Road and across the north side of the fire continued monitoring structures along the Laramie River corridor and cleaning up the indirect lines that connect Laramie River and Deadman roads.

On Tuesday, structure crews will be working their way west to east along Buckhorn Road to assess and implement structure protection measures. Equipment and crews will continue doing line prep using the Crown Point Road, removing vegetation and snags so crews can begin working north towards the Laramie River Road. Other crews will continue work building line south from the Crown Point Road towards the Comanche Peak Wilderness to connect natural features in higher elevations. On the southeast finger of the fire, crews working along Long Draw Road have received approval to construct line into the Neota Wilderness to Highway 14 and will begin that line construction today. Firefighters working in wilderness will be taking special consideration to reduce impact on the wilderness area.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: The fire area received rain overnight, which will continue to minimize fire activity today. While temperatures are expected to be cooler today, a drying and warming trend is forecasted to last into the weekend. Mostly clear skies and dropping relative humidity levels will start on Wednesday and are expected to dry heavy fuels that are holding heat. An increase in winds and drop in relative humidity are predicted to increase fire activity and smoke production today.

Closures and Evacuations: Yesterday, Colorado Department of Transportation moved their road closure on Highway 14 west to Rustic. Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Yesterday, Larimer County lifted the voluntary evacuation orders near the fire; mandatory evacuation orders remain in place. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a large closure area around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please seehttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfb.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

8/31 Update at 10 am

Portland National Incident Management Organization 

Bea Day, NIMO Incident Commander

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black 

Troy Hagan, Team Black Incident Commander

Fire Activity Remains Light; Surge Forces Begin Work Off Of Crown Point Road 

Current Situation: Previous days’ precipitation and increased relative humidity limited fire growth with acreage increasing to 23,022 on Sunday.

On Sunday, crews completed indirect lines to protect communities to the northeast of the fire area – work on structure protection in these communities will continue today. Crews continued to patrol and monitor structures along the Laramie River Road and have nearly completed lines that will connect from Laramie River Road to the Deadman Road. Regional surge forces, four crews including two hotshot crews, arrived on the incident and will be building indirect line in closer proximity to the fire. These crews scouted and located areas where indirect line can be constructed from Crown Point Road into high elevation areas in and along the Comanche Peak Wilderness where natural fuel breaks occur. Firefighters in the surge force will establish spike camps in the area they work in to reduce travel time and exposure to other crews. These surge crews are on loan from the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and will assist on the Cameron Peak Fire for several days, then move on to other high priority assignments in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Today, heavy equipment will continue relocating from the Deadman Road area north of the fire towards Crown Point Road today as part of a shift in resources to the south in closer proximity to the fire perimeter. Surge forces will begin working on constructing line south from the Crown Point Road that was scouted yesterday. Other crews will continue monitoring along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road, and on the structures south of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus, as well as all other areas around the fire. Resources will also begin staging along the southern perimeter of the fire near Rocky Mountain National Park and the Neota Wilderness to inhibit potential southern progression of the fire if activity increases.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Precipitation from previous days and relative humidity levels around 20% kept fire activity minimal even as peak wind gusts reached as high as 45 mph on Sunday. Dry weather is expected through this morning with an increase in rain chances in the afternoon accompanied by increasing winds. Today, westerly winds are forecast to be 12-18 mph with gusts up to 35 mph on ridgetops this afternoon. The cooler weather forecast for today and Tuesday ends on Wednesday as a warming and drying trend is predicted through at least Friday. Increasing winds and dropping relative humidity levels are expected to increase fire activity in the coming days.

Closures and Evacuations:Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats Campground to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Yesterday, Larimer County lifted the voluntary evacuation orders near the fire; mandatory evacuation orders remain in place. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found athttps://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visithttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

8/29 Update at 10 am  

Current Situation: The Cameron Peak Fire had minimal fire activity on Friday and is now at 23,007 acres.

The fire area received a ¼ in of rain on Friday, which moderated fire activity. Fire crews finished structure assessments along the 103 Road from Stub Creek to Four Corners. Personnel continue to prep the hand line and dozer line north of Deadman Road. Work on the Manhattan Road is complete, and crews are scouting the area for locations to build additional fire line. Structure protection measures have been completed on structures along the Pingree Park Road from the CSU Mountain Campus to Highway 14. The dozer line from Crown Point Road through Dadd Gulch has been completed.

Today, some fire resources that have completed their work along the 103 Road will be working in and around the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather Lakes, and Glacier View communities. These personnel will be assessing and mitigating structures in those areas as a precaution. Work will continue along the Deadman Road. This prep work is expected to be completed in the next few days. Crews are scouting out terrain where fire line could be placed along the Comanche Peak Wilderness boundary. Crews continue working along the Crown Point Rd to widen the roadway and assessing areas for additional fire line. Assessment work will continue on the southern end of the fire to connect fire lines to the high elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park where the fuel type changes and becomes less available to burn.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Weather conditions for today continue to bring the chances for more widespread showers and thunderstorms. Conditions are expected to remain similar as they were on Friday. There is a high probability of wetting rains on the fire area. High temperatures will be expected in the mid 70’s with a relative humidity of around 30%. This will increase our chances of seeing minimal fire behavior again today. Easterly winds are expected to be 10-15 mph. Conditions are expected to change for Sunday and will be a “heads up” day for firefighters. Gusty, westerly winds are expected to reach up to 35 mph as a cold front continues to move through the area.

Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire.

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visithttps://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visithttp://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

8/28 Update at 10 am

Fire Crews Continue to Prepare and Protect Structures on the Cameron Peak Fire 

Current SituationThe Cameron Peak Fire had minimal growth on Thursday and is now 22,971 acresNo structures, facilities, or infrastructure have been damaged.  

On Thursday, crews continued to construct indirect lines and protect values at risk in the fire area. Crews are working indirectly due to the steep, rugged terrain. Public and firefighter safety remain a top priority for fire personnelStructure protection crews placed structure mitigation measures on the 103 Road up to Stub Creek. Work was also completed on the Deadman and Manhattan Roads down to Highway 14. Those roads have been improved as fuel breaks by removing fuels from the roadsides over the past week. Structure protection work has also been completed along the Pingree Park Road.  

Today, crews will be working to complete structure protection measures from Stub Creek to Four Corners. Structure mitigation will continue from the fish hatchery to the east on Highway 14 towards Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District Station 2. Heavy equipment will continue to be used to complete indirect fire line north of Deadman Road. Cleaning and widening of Crown Point Road will continue to Dadd Gulch. Crews will be assessing the Cameron Pass area and Pingree Park Road for strategies that will tie the indirect fire lines into the high elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions: weather disturbance will bring higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures, and showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be in the mid 70’s with relative humidity of 25-30%. Upslope winds are be expected in the morning but will shift to the east by afternoon. Thunderstorms may bring gusty or erratic winds to the fire area. 

Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire.  

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb 

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’tWhenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of tharea. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org. 

8/27 Update at 10 am 

Cameron Peak Fire Activity Decreases on Wednesday, Expected to Increase 

Current Situation: The Cameron Peak Fire grew to 22,845 acres today and remains in a full suppression strategy. No structures, facilities, or infrastructure have been damaged. The fire growth was slower yesterday due to an increase in humidity associated with scattered showers and thunderstorms over the area. The rain showers in surrounding areas, including Fort Collins, received yesterday did not produce measurable precipitation over the fire. Although the increased moisture tempered fire activity on Wednesday, vegetation is expected to become more receptive and the fire is expected to become more active today.  

Given the fire behavior, steep terrain and a high percentage of dead and dying trees near the fire, ground crews are not able to directly access the fire’s edge safely to perform direct suppression actions. Work continued from previous days, with work on indirect lines and structure protection. Equipment and hand crews continued building indirect fire line and improving roads in areas to the north and east of the fire down to Crown Point Road. Structure prep was completed on structures along Highway 14 to the fish hatchery and will continue that work towards Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District Station 2 today. Aircraft was again essential in assisting ground crews and monitoring the fire. 

Today, crews will continue with structure assessments and preparation as well as laying hose lines and sprinkler systems. Crews will monitor yesterday’s firing operations and mop up where necessary. As weather permits, firefighters will continue conducting firing operations to remove fuels between the fire’s edge and values at risk. Heavy equipment and hand crews will continue improving roadways and building fuel breaks along the northern, eastern and southeastern portions of the fire area. Assessments will continue in the steep terrain on the southern portion of the fire to tie control operations to natural features. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Weather today includes temperatures similar to yesterday, up to 75 degrees above 9000’ elevation and 80 degrees below. Relative humidity can be expected to drop to 25% above 9000’ elevation and 20% below. There is a chance for afternoon thunderstorms with gusty, erratic winds up to 40 mph.  

Closures and Evacuations:Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire.  

Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdf to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm 

 

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Cameron Peak Fire Statistics: 

Size: 22,845 acres 

Containment: 0% 

Total Personnel: 706 

Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO 

Reported: August 13 

Cause: Under investigation 

8/25 Update at 10 am

Summary: The Cameron Peak Fire is a full suppression fire which grew to 21,017 acres Monday. No structures, facilities, or infrastructure have been damaged.

With another day of hot, dry, and windy conditions yesterday, there was moderate fire activity along Highway 14 with movement to the north. Crews continued fire line creation in the Sage Meadows area, working to connect Laramie River Rd to Deadman Rd. Additional heavy equipment has been shifted to that area of the fire to help remove vegetation. The structure protection group burned around structures north of Highway 14 to protect them from the approaching fire.

The forecasted weather for today is for temperatures in the upper 70’s with relative humidity at 15-25%. Light and variable winds are predicted. There is an increased chance of thunderstorms today.

Today, structure protection crews will continue monitoring structures where burn operations were previously conducted to ensure the structures are secure. Crews will continue to burn around any structures near the edge of the fire. These firing operations removed unburnt fuels between the edge of the main fire and structures, which is one of the tactics being implemented to protect structures.

Masticators will continue to be used in multiple locations to remove vegetation from roadways and assist in the creation of fuel breaks. Hotshot crews and heavy equipment are working to complete dozer line in Dadd Gulch west of Pingree Park Rd.

8/24 Update at 9:30 am

The Cameron Peak Fire is a full suppression fire which grew to 20,118 acres Sunday. No structures or facilities have been damaged.

The fire remained active on Sunday due to hot, dry, and windy conditions. The southeast area of the fire continued to have the most activity as it moved south of Peterson Lake. The fire also progressed north of the West Fork Tunnel area.

Yesterday, crews conducted successful firing operations around the West Fork Tunnel, structures in the Tunnel area, and structures in the vicinity of the Barnes Meadow Reservoir. These firing operations removed unburnt fuels between the edge of the main fire and structures, which is one of the tactics being implemented to protect structures.

Weather for today will continue to be sunny, hot, and dry. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s with northwest winds of 5 – 10 mph. Relative humidity will be higher at 12-18%. Chances for thunderstorms and scattered rain showers will increase throughout this week.

Today, personnel will continue to work along Pingree Park Road. Dozer line construction will continue to be established along the ridgeline from Dadd Gulch north to Highway 14; this is being done to add an additional fire line to protect structures to the east. Structure protection efforts will continue throughout the area as crews continue to assess new strategies to slow the spread of the fire.

Closures

Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats to Gould. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, and the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure area around the fire. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdfto learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information seehttps://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm.

08/21 Update at 10:30 am

The Cameron Peak fire grew to 16,602 acres Thursday and remains a full suppression fire. No structures or facilities have been damaged, and no firefighter injuries have been reported.

The southwest corner of the fire received a slight amount of moisture yesterday, which is expected to help moderate fire behavior in the Cameron Pass and Long Draw Road areas.

Forecasters are calling for sunny skies today with temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s and northwesterly winds of 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity will be 10 – 15%.

The fire has burned to timberline in areas of the Rawah Wilderness. Fire managers are monitoring fire behavior there to verify that fire will not continue burning into high alpine vegetation.

Heavy equipment and hand crews continue to widen road corridors working west to east from the 103 road to Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes. Preparations along the Manhattan Road are largely complete. Work progresses in the Pingree Park area where crews are clearing vegetation along existing trails and roads to connect with alpine areas that are expected to limit further spread of the fire. As this indirect control line construction continues, crews are also exploring additional opportunities for potential control lines closer to the fire.

Closures 

Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area.

Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area and the forest has implemented a large closure area around the fire. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdf to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information see  https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

8/20 Update at 9:00 am 

The Cameron Peak Fire grew to 16,461 acres yesterday, and a small amount of rain fell over the fire temporarily lessening fire activity. The Cameron Peak Fire remains a full suppression fire. No structures or facilities have been damaged, and no firefighter injuries have been reported.  

Most of Wednesday’s fire spread occurred on the south and west sides of the fire area. In the Rawah Wilderness, the fire burned into timberline, a natural barrier that is expected to limit further growth.  

Another fire weather watch has been issued for today due to predicted dry thunderstorms and gusty winds. Over the fire area, temperatures will be in the upper 70s with northwesterly winds of 10 to 20 mph. Relative humidity will be 20 to 30%. 

Heavy equipment work continues across the north end of the fire area as well as down Manhattan Road and Pingree Park Road. Hand crews are working in conjunction with heavy equipment to clean up and prepare roads to act as fuel breaks. Structure protection work is continuing as crews move into affected communities farther from the fire. Fire managers are looking for ways to connect man-made control lines with natural barriers in the Joe Wright Reservoir and Long Draw Road area. They are also assessing opportunities to construct additional fire line closer to the fire, giving firefighters multiple options for future containment considering a variety of possible scenarios.  

Closures 

Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area.  

Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area, and a Forest closure remains in effect. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdfto learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm

8/19 Update at 10 am

The Cameron Peak fire grew to 15,738 acres yesterday and remains a full suppression fire. No structures or facilities have been damaged, and no firefighter injuries have been reported.

Winds out of the north pushed the fire southward, starting multiple spot fires near Joe Wright Reservoir south of Highway 14 west of Long Draw Road on Tuesday. Hand crews, along with support from aerial assets worked to try to contain these. Strong afternoon winds shut down aerial operations, and the spot fires became established.

A fire weather watch has been issued for today, with predicted dry thunderstorms and associated gusty winds. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s with northwesterly winds of 10 to 20 mph. Relative humidity will be higher, at 20 to 30%.

Today, crews will continue to build upon yesterday’s progress by assessing structures along the Laramie River Road, Pingree Park Road, Highway 14, and in the Red Feather and Crystal lakes areas. Crews will continue to remove brush near structures and set up pumps, hoses, and sprinklers where most effective. Fuel break construction is continuing across the north and south ends of the fire area where crews and heavy equipment are improving upon existing fuel breaks and connecting them into features on the land, such as meadows. Fire managers are assessing stream features to the south of Joe Wright Reservoir, which they hope to utilize to slow the spread of the fire

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8/18 Update at 9:00 am

Summary: The Cameron Peak Fire grew to 14,018 acres yesterday. The most significant growth occurred along the west and southwest flanks of the fire, in the Rawah Wilderness and near Cameron Pass, where crews contained multiple spot fires across Highway 14 and Long Draw Road. No structures or facilities have been damaged. Managers’ objective is full suppression of this fire.

The weather over the fire today is expected to be similar to yesterday, with highs in the upper 70s. Winds will be out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, with 15 to 20% relative humidity. Isolated dry thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

Structure protection work continues throughout the affected area, with crews cutting out brush and other vegetation that is close to homes and other buildings, and setting up hose, pumps and sprinklers where needed. A variety of heavy equipment is being used to remove fuels along roads to connect with existing fuel breaks across the north end of the fire area. If conditions are favorable, crews will conduct burnout operations along the north side of Highway 14, to establish an anchor point from which containment can begin to be secured.

Fire managers are engaging with Colorado State University and Rocky Mountain National Park, identifying features and opportunities for placement of potential containment lines along the south end of the fire area.

Go to https://m.facebook.com/pg/CameronPeakFire/posts/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0 for the latest update on the fire

8/17 Update at 9:30 am

Summary: The Cameron Peak Fire has grown to 13,305 acres. No structures or facilities have been damaged. Crews have made good progress on preparing around structures throughout the area surrounding this full suppression fire. They have several more days of work ahead removing fuels and placing hoses, pumps, and sprinklers. Today’s weather is expected to have highs in the mid-70s to 80 degrees. Winds will be out of the northeast at 5 to 15 mph, with a relative humidity of 10 to 20%.

In the Long Draw area, crews completed some burnout operations to the east of Long Draw Road to reduce available fuels and potential for spotting to the west under easterly winds. If conditions are favorable, additional burnout operations will be conducted today on the north side of Highway 14, to keep pace with a finger of fire pushing to the southwest.

Crews are continuing to remove fuels along roads west of Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes. The distance of these preparations from the existing fire front allows time for crews to complete preparation activities before the fire reaches this area. Once complete, these preparations will allow for burnout operations to the west before the fire advances toward those communities. Fuels and terrain between planned containment lines and the fire are too hazardous for firefighters to work.

For more information: Go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/ and NOCO alerts https://nocoalert.org/

 

 


 

From Larimer County:
http://nocoalert.com

9/17 Update at 9 am

From NOCO Alerts

– This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with updated information on two evacuation areas. Cameron Peak fire officials have downgraded the evacuation status from mandatory to voluntary for the following notification areas: Highway 14 from Stove Prairie Landing west to Kelly Flats, and County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27. Voluntary evacuations will remain in place for those areas until further notice. Please be sure to have proper identification to show residency in those areas. We ask that you use caution when driving through the area, as emergency crews are still present. To view a map of these changes, please visit nocoalert.org. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.

– This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with updated information for the Stratton Park area. The Cameron Peak fire officials have lifted the voluntary evacuations for Stove Prairie Landing south along County Road 27 to County Road 44H and east to include Stratton Park. We ask that you use caution when driving through the area, as emergency crews will still be present. To view a map of these changes, please visit nocoalert.org. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.

09/09 Update at 2:25

Update from NOCO Alerts – Damage assessment teams plan to start assessing structures on Hwy 14 tomorrow & then Monument Gulch area the days following – if they can gain access. Downed power lines, trees, & other hazards are making it difficult & dangerous to access the area.

LCSO – Wildfire Madatory Evacuations ordered Long Draw

2020-08-14 19:19:12 MDT

This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. Fire officials have ordered the area of Long Draw Reservoir, which was previously under voluntary evacuations, to move to mandatory evacuations due to fire activity. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. When leaving the Long Draw area, you must travel west to Gould. Eastbound traffic will not be allowed for safety reasons. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.

8/21 at 2:30 pm

This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. The Cameron Peak Fire activity has increased in the area south of Highway 14 toward Crown Point, the Pingree Park Road and County Road 44H area. Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for residents and businesses in the area, up to and including Pennock Pass on County Road 44H due to immediate and imminent danger. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger.

8/14 at 7:19 pm

Fire officials have ordered the area of Long Draw Reservoir, which was previously under voluntary evacuations, to move to mandatory evautations due to fire activity. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. When leaving the Long Draw area, you must travel west to Gould.

8/14 at 3:34 pm

The mandatory evacuation area has expanded, please see https://nocoalert.org for updated boundary. The following roads are closed: Hwy 14 between Rustic and Gould, CR 103 (Laramie River Valley Rd) between Hwy 14 and Deadman Rd (Four Corners), Deadman Rd between CR 103 and CR73C (Red Feather SW), Manhattan Rd between Rustic and Boy Scout Ranch Rd, and Pingree Park south and west of Crown Point.

8/13 at 6:04 pm

Residents and business occupants south of County Road 86 (Deadman Road) from County Road 103 east to County Road 73C and south to Highway 14 are under a mandatory evacuation. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. County Road 103 is closed south of County Road 86, so if you use County Road 103, you must go north to Wyoming. Traveling east, you may use County Road 74E from 86. Those on Highway 14 must travel east. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area

 


 

From Incident Command:
(https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/)

8/26 Update at 11 am 

Cameron Peak Fire Transitions Command; Work Continues Current Situation: The Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team and Rocky Mountain Team Black assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire at 6 a.m. this morning. An overnight infrared mapping flight was canceled due to weather, keeping the acreage on maps unchanged. The fire remains in a full suppression strategy. No structures, facilities, or infrastructure have been damaged.

On Tuesday, the structure protection group conducted a firing operation from Highway 14 toward the northeast flank of the fire. This increased the area in the “black” between the fire and the highway. Structure fire crews continued preparing structures along the north, east and south sides of the fire. Heavy equipment and hand crews improved roads and dozer lines on the south side of Crystal Lake and Red Feather communities and south along the Manhattan Road crossing Highway 14 south to Crown Point Road. Air support assisted firefighters where needed near structures and on the more active portions of the fire.

Today, fire crews will continue with structure assessments and preparation with removal of vegetation and laying hose and sprinkler systems. They will monitor yesterday’s firing operations and extinguish any hot embers to ensure structures are secure. As weather permits, they will continue to use fire to remove unburned natural fuels between the edge of the main fire and structures. Heavy equipment and hand crews will continue to remove vegetation, improve roadways and build fire lines to be used as fuel breaks along the northern, eastern and southeastern portions of the fire area. Assessments continue in the steep terrain on the southern portion of the fire to tie control operations to natural features in areas above the tree line.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be 75-80 degrees with relative humidity 15- 20% below 9,000’ and 20-25% at higher elevations. Ridgetop winds will be out of the west at 10-15 mph There is a 60% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon that may bring gusty, erratic winds up to 40 mph in the afternoon.

LewstoneFire Update from NOCO alerts 8/26/20 9am – The Lewstone Fire transitioned to a type 4 incident under LCSO Emergency Services command last night at midnight. The fire is contained, and today ground crews will be performing mop-up on the fire. Unless the situation changes, there will be fewer updates regarding this fire.

Click here to get full report and for maps.

8/21 Update at 5 pm 

Due to hot, sunny, windy weather, fire activity has increased on the south end of the Cameron Peak Fire. While we know the fire has grown this afternoon, at this point we do not know exactly how much. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued the following emergency message at 2:32 p.m. today: “The Cameron Peak Fire activity has increased in the area south of Highway 14 toward Crown Point, the Pingree Park Road and County Road 44H area. Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for residents and businesses in the area, up to and including Pennock Pass on County Road 44H due to immediate and imminent danger. Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone.”

Trigger points are identified early in an incident. If one of these trigger post is approached, evacuations may be implemented. Evacuation trigger points are designated in locations between active fire areas and values at risk, such as residences and commercial properties. Their placement is designed to alert people of the need to safely leave with sufficient time to evacuate the area. For more information about specific evacuation areas, visit the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office website at https://www.larimer.org/cameron-peak-fire.

8/18 Update at 7:30pm

Firing operations along the Long Draw Road were completed and successful. Plans are to continue burning fuels along Highway 14 from Joe Wright Reservoir toward the junction of Highway 14 and Long Draw Road. Operations personnel are reporting minimal growth of the fire today with only isolated pockets of burning. The fire has not made it to the West Branch Tunnel area.

Go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6964/53383/ for report.

8/17 Update at 12:39 pm

The Cameron Peak Fire has grown to 13,305 acres. No structures or facilities have been damaged. Crews have made good progress on preparing around structures throughout the area surrounding this full suppression fire. They have several more days of work ahead removing fuels and placing hoses, pumps, and sprinklers. Today’s weather is expected to have highs in the mid-70s to 80 degrees. Winds will be out of the northeast at 5 to 15 mph, with relative humidity of 10 to 20%. In the Long Draw area, crews completed some burnout operations to the east of Long Draw Road to reduce available fuels and potential for spotting to the west under easterly winds. If conditions are favorable, additional burnout operations will be conducted today on the north side of Highway 14, to keep pace with a finger of fire pushing to the southwest. Crews are continuing to remove fuels along roads west of Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes. The distance of these preparations from the existing fire front allows time for crews to complete preparation activities before the fire reaches this area. Once complete, these preparations will allow for burnout operations to the west before the fire advances toward those communities. Fuels and terrain between planned containment lines and the fire are too hazardous for firefighters to work. Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area, and a Forest closure remains in effect. The Forest has also elevated fire restrictions to Stage 2. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdf to learn more.

8/14 Update at 10 a.m.

The fire is now 2,179 acres in size. We are flying the fire to get a better size up. Firefighters are being assisted by several helicopters and preparing for the arrival of additional resources and the Type 2 Team. Highway 14 remains closed from Rustic to Gould. For the latest evacuation and road closure information visit: https://nocoalert.org/. We expect to have a closure order in place soon so continue to check back before heading out this weekend.

8/14 Update at 8 a.m.
Fire Managers will be putting a closure order in place this morning for #CameronPeakFire area that will affect camping and hiking activities. Please continue to check the latest information before you head out for your weekend plans.

8/13 Evening Update

The #CameronPeakFire located 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes near Cameron Pass is now 1540 acres and under the management of a Type 3 Incident Command Team. A Type 2 Incident Command Team has been ordered. Approximately forty firefighters continue to focus their fire suppression efforts on public and firefighter safety and assessing values at risk. The fire continues to be very active. Follow @LarimerSheriff for the latest evacuation and road closure information, or you can text LCEVAC to 888777 for evacuation updates.

Emergency managers are coordinating evacuations in the area and conducting assessments of facilities and construction supplies stored in the area.

Please remember that fire restrictions are still in place on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. For the fire restriction information visit:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=57718

From the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service:

Closure Area for Cameron Peak Fire Shrinks Slightly: Campgrounds Remain Closed

Fort Collins, Colo., September 18, 2020 – Due to the increased containment and decrease in fire activity on some parts of the Cameron Peak Fire burning in the northwest portion of Larimer County on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest, some areas previously closed are opening. The general area now closed is all National Forest System lands west of County Road 67J and County Road 27; east of the Colorado State Forest State Park; south of County Road 80C; and north of Rocky Mountain Park (see map). Details of the updated closure and a map are available on our website.

This closure impacts numerous recreation sites, including many trails, trailheads, and Forest Service Roads; a number of boating and fishing sites; and some picnic sites. These are listed on our website. All campgrounds both inside and outside of the closure area remain closed. Trails in the Red Feather Lakes area remain closed; however, trails in the lower Poudre Canyon are opening.

This closure is in place for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. These areas are very popular with recreationists but also, in many cases, remote. Roads and trails are greatly interconnected. If evacuations are necessary, it can be difficult to reach people and can take emergency responders a great deal of time to make sure everyone is out safely.

If you need ideas on other locations to recreate, please check our website or check with one of your other local land management agencies for opportunities. It is also important to know that the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. A portion of Highway 14 remains closed. Check the latest with the Colorado Department of Transportation. There are also some closures adjacent to our closure within the State Forest State Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented temporary closures in the more remote northern area of the park due to the Cameron Peak Fire. The closure impacts numerous trails and wilderness campsites. Old Fall River Road will be closed until further notice. Check their website at www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm for details.

If you are looking for information on the Cameron Peak Fire, please check inciwebLarimer County Sheriff’s Office is your source for evacuation information.

Heres the link to this reports webpage –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD807186

(https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD780852)

8/14 Update at 2 p.m.

Portion of the Roosevelt National Forest Closed Due to Cameron Peak Fire

Due to the Cameron Peak Fire burning in the northwest portion of Larimer County on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest, a portion of the Forest is closed. The area closed is all National Forest System lands west of County Roads 69 and 63E, east of the Colorado State Forest, south of County Road 80 C and north of Rocky Mountain Park. A map of the closed area is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdfand details of the closure are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780832.pdf. This closure is in place for public safety and to support firefighting efforts.

This closure has impacts on numerous recreation sites, including many trails and trailheads. A number of boating and fishing sites are closed, including Chambers Lake. Picnic Sites closed include Bellaire Lake, Bennett Creek, Cameron Pass, Chambers Lake, Fish Creek and Tunnel.

Campgrounds closed include:

Aspen Glen
Bellaire Lake
Big Bend
Big South
Browns Park
Chambers Lake
Grandview
Jacks Gulch
Long Draw
North Fork
Sleeping Elephant
Tom Bennett
Tunnel

 

8/14 Update at 7:05 p.m.

The Cameron Pass Fire, burning in northwest Larimer County in the Roosevelt National Forest, is estimated to have grown to 4,600 acres today. Firefighters were assisted by several helicopters that made strategic water drops on the fire. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will take over management of the fire tomorrow morning in close coordination with local resources. This afternoon the fire spotted to the south side of Highway 14. That spot is estimated at approximately 100 acres.

 

Please continue to check https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/ for the latest updates and a map of the fire from earlier today. There is an area closure impacting access and recreation in the area. This information is also available at the link above.

8/15 Update at 12 p.m.

https://www.larimer.org/spotlights/2020/08/14/air-quality-advisory-issued-larimer-county

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team assumed command of the Cameron Peak fire at 6:00 this morning. The fire ignited on the afternoon of August 13 north of Highway 14 near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. It is burning in heavy timber stands over rugged terrain. A spot fire ignited and became established south of Colorado Highway 14. Yesterday, crews worked on structure protection and scouting to identify indirect containment features. Today, ground crews will continue to identify and protect values at risk and opportunities for containment with support from four Type 1 helicopters and one Type 3 helicopter. They will also work with county and local officials to continue evacuating people from evacuation zones. Hot, dry, and breezy weather is expected to continue in the next several days, which is likely to drive further fire growth.Closures and EvacuationsColorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area. For the latest evacuation information or text LCEVAC to 888777 for evacuation updates. Learn more about evacuations and road closures, or sign up for emergency alerts at: https://nocoalert.org/The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest has implemented an area closure that is affecting recreation and access into the area. Fire restrictions are also in effect on the Forest.

Cameron Peak Fire Map 8-15-2020

As of Saturday, August 8 at 12:08 p.m., “all evacuation orders, and road closures are still in place. See https://nocoalert.org for details. Fire danger remains extremely high. Avoid the fire area. The USFS has provided a video update for fire information available at https://t.co/o9TVm0RhVg

 

From the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

8/17 Update at 11:30 a.m.

Cameron Peak Fire Resources

Incident Information System Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/

Fire Information for Resource Management System: FIRMS

National Fire Situational Awareness – Shows measured fire radiative power (fire intensity) for MODIS fire detections within the last 6, 12 and 24 hours: maps.nwcg.gov

Larimer County Resources:

Text LCEVAC to 888777 – text updates on evacuation
Visit http://nocoalert.org latest emergency info & evacuation maps

US Forest Service:

In addition to Inciweb, follow US Forest Service (@usfsclrd) on twitter and Facebook

Cameron Peak Wildfire Facebook Page:

A Facebook page specific to the Cameron Fire was created over the weekend. Join in at 5:30 pm every day for live updates on the fire. Follow the page by clicking here.

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