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Cameron Peak Fire

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Incident Contacts

Public Information Line
Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-541-1008
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Media Information Line
Phone: 970-541-0563

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 Sept. 26 Evening Update for Cameron Peak Fire
Sept. 26 Evening Update for Cameron Peak
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The Cameron Peak fire ignited on August 13 on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake.  Severe weather coupled with dry forest conditions created extreme fire behavior and caused a major run on September 6th and 7th. A cold front with freezing temperatures and snow stalled fire growth temporarily.  The fire is expected to pick up again as hot and dry weather conditions return toward the end of the week.  On Saturday, September 12th, the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire.    

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown, Under Investigation
Date of OriginThursday August 13th, 2020 approx. 01:48 PM
Location15 miles SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Incident CommanderDave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3
Coordinates40.609 latitude, -105.879 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel848
Size120,251 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained25%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass, Litter, and Understory)

Narrative:

High elevation mixed conifer with moderate dead and down fuel loading, along with a high percentage of beetle-killed lodgepole. Lower elevation grass fuels are drying and more available to burn.

Significant Events

Extreme

Short crown runs

Wind driven runs

Short-range spotting

Narrative:

Fire behavior continues to be active and extreme fire behavior has been exhibited as a cold front and mountain wave system passes over the fire. The fire continues to be mainly fuel and terrain driven. When the winds forecasted for the day appear at ground level increased fire activity should be expected. All dead fuel moistures continue to stay low as the forecasted weather pattern continues.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire was active throughout much of the fire area and continues to be fuels and wind driven. Fire did spot and get established on the North side of the Highway 14 corridor. Fire activity also increased on the North side of Comanche Reservoir. Equipment and

crews continue to build direct fire line where it is safe and makes sense to do so. Firefighters are currently engaged in structure protection. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the communities of Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View. Fire activity, topography, bug-killed fuels, critical fire weather including winds gusts over 60 mph have been observed. Lack of crews and critical resources has made direct line tactics difficult to obtain. T1, T2 helicopters, LATs and SEATS are being used to assist with areas of heat, primarily in the northeast portion of the fire as weather and gusty winds allow. Resources are monitoring limited fire activity within Rocky Mountain National Park. Other divisions are currently continuing to mop-up, monitor and patrol. Structure protection is in place and plans to implement continue to be developed and refined as fire continues to move towards values at risk. Engines will continue to patrol and mop-up as needed. Structure assessments, structure protection implementation and control features continue in the Crystal Lake, Red Feather Lakes, Glacier View and neighboring communities. Structure triage, assessments have been completed in the Falls River corridor, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Estes Park Valley, Glen

Haven and Storm Mountain areas and surrounding communities. Proposed lines are in place to begin indirect line construction in and around the communities of Glen Haven, The Retreat, Cedar Park, and Storm Mountain should fire activity dictate.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Residences in the Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View areas. Forest Service campgrounds and private residences along CR 103 (Laramie River Road) and Colorado Highway 14. Residences along Pingree Park Road, CSU Mountain Residences in the Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes areas, CSU Mountain Campus, and Sky Ranch.

24 hours: Residences in the Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View areas. Forest Service campgrounds and private residences along CR 103 (Laramie River Road) and Colorado Highway 14. Residences along Pingree Park Road, CSU Mountain campus, Sky Ranch.

48 hours: Residences in the Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View areas. Forest Service campgrounds and private residences along CR 103 (Laramie River Road) and Colorado Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Sky Ranch Camp, and CSU Mountain Campus.

72 hours: Residences in the Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View areas. Pingree Park Road, Sky Ranch Camp, and CSU Mountain Campus. Residences along with County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road).

Anticipated after 72 hours: Weather forecast calls for gradual cooling and drying with decreasing winds. There will remain a high threat of active fire behavior for all values at risk after this weekend.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current 72 hours:

Dangerous Red Flag conditions ongoing with West winds gusting 40-55 mph and RHs in the upper teens to lower 20% range. A mountain wave has formed, increasing flight level turbulence and gusty winds. Temperatures are between 60-70.

Much cooler on Sunday, but winds will be slow to decrease and will remain from the West 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph most of the day. A few sprinkles and flurries are possible late afternoon and early evening. Temperatures 45-55. Monday morning will be cold

with lows in the 20s and cool in the afternoon with highs in the 40s and 50s. Minimum humidity will be down to near 20% as NW winds gust to 25 mph.

72 hours +:

Generally cool and dry Tuesday-Thursday with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s. A persistent NW ridgetop wind with gusts to 25 mph and minimum RHs in 20-25% range.