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Cameron Peak Fire

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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: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Media Information Line
Phone: 970-541-0563

Joint Information Center
Phone: 970-980-2500
Hours: 8 am -5 pm

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Cameron Peak Fire 
East Troublesome Fire Thompson Zone Update 

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. 
Rob Allen, Incident Commander 

Fire Information: 970-541-1008 
Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CameronPeakFire 
Larimer County Joint Information Center: 970-980-2500 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNA6qSJC2UYKz68rp9etvA 
East Troublesome – Grand Zone: 970-445-2910 

Cameron Peak Fire 
Size: 208,663 acres 
Containment: 64% 
Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020 
Cause: Under Investigation 
Personnel: 1,490 

Thompson Zone 
Size: 4,346 acres 
Containment: 0% 
Start Date: Oct. 22, 2020 
Cause: Spot Fire 

Yesterday, improved road conditions allowed firefighters to get out to assess the snow effects on both the Cameron Peak Fire and the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Firefighters were able to access the southern perimeter of the Thompson Zone and began constructing fireline directly along the fire edge. 

Road conditions were still poor and prevented access to the area below Storm Mountain. Pingree Park reported 27 inches of snow but the snow accumulation was far less in the area to the northwest due to the forest canopy that diminished the amount of snow reaching the ground. This is an area where the fire is smoldering and producing smoke. Firefighters accessed the Buckhorn Rd area to check firelines and hope to have that area contained over the next few days. 

Today, firefighters will continue to improve indirect firelines north of the Thompson Zone fire perimeter that were initiated previously. Fire managers will continue to look at options for direct line construction on the east perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading into Estes Park. 

On the Cameron Peak Fire, fire managers will try to get into the area south of Storm Mountain and around The Retreat to look at options for direct and indirect fireline to secure that section of the perimeter. The fire perimeter north of Cedar Park is looking good and will likely reach containment later today. Fire managers will assess the fire above Glen Haven and the slop-over across the North Fork Trail to look at direct and indirect options to secure the fire edge. Air operations will continue to monitor the area above Pingree Park and to the west in the Comanche Reservoir area. For the rest of the fire, firefighters will continue to patrol the fire edge and start hauling out equipment that is no longer needed and begin suppression repair work.

EVACUATIONS: For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone for the Cameron Peak Fire and TFIRE to 888777 for the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome Fire. Emergency information will be forwarded as needed. This is the best way to get information about the situation in your area. Call the Red Cross at 800-417-0495(enter #1) if you have been evacuated and need shelter. You can also visit http://cowyredcrossblog.org/cpf/ for updates. 

CLOSURES: All of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed. All National Forest System lands on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District are closed. 
Larimer County evacuations and road closures: https://nocoalert.org 
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=60887 
Rocky Mountain National Park closures: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fireinformation-and-regulations.html 

RESOURCES: 2 Hotshot crews, 29 Type 2 Hand crews, 111 Engines, 14 dozers, 13 helicopters, and 28 water tenders 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to upper 50s, relative humidity from 27-35%, and winds 5-15 mph with gusts 20-30 mph depending on elevation. Strong winds after midnight into early Saturday with gusts 40-50 mph, then diminishing in the afternoon. For information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange 

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR): A TFR is in place over the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires. 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

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 CommanderPacific Northwest Team 2 Rob Allen
Coordinates40.609 latitude, -105.879 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,490
Size208,663 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained64%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 08th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

High elevation mixed conifer with moderate dead and down fuel loading, along with a high percentage of beetle-killed lodge pole.

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

- Monitor heat in the South Pingree Proper area and develop trigger points and plans for re-engaging suppression activities.

- Monitor heat in the Cedar Park, and Glen Haven areas and develop trigger points and plans for re-engaging suppression activities.

- Establish and maintain resource accountability for all resources, including contact information (phone, email, etc.) and RON location, as resources were spread out during the recent winter storm event.

-Locate and document all accountable property.

-Once safe access is reestablished, access suppression efforts needed to secure fire edge in preparation for warming and drying conditions.

-Determine resource and equipment needs for continued suppression activities. Provide estimated timeline for start and duration needed.

- Backhaul all unnecessary equipment and supplies.

- Determine resource and equipment needs for suppression repair. Provide estimated timeline for start and duration needed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Continued warming with increasing snow melt. Smoldering may accelerate to marginal surface spread in the Pingree Park, Cedar Park, North Fork and Thompson Zone areas.

24 hours: Continued warming with increasing snow melt. Smoldering may accelerate to marginal surface spread in the Pingree Park, Cedar Park, North Fork and Thompson Zone areas.

Remarks

Cameron Peak acreage is estimated from MMA flight at 1703 on 10/24/2020.

Thompson Zone acreage is 4346 acres (estimated from MMA flight at 1515 on 10/24/2020).

PNW IMT1 Team 2 is managing the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome fire (east of the Continental Divide).

The Canyon Lakes, Clear Creek, Boulder, and Sulphur Ranger Districts of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest are closed.

Rocky Mountain National Park is currently closed.

The following roads are currently closed: CR 25E from County Road 38E to Red Canyon Ranch Road, CR 27 from CR 28E to CR 44H, CR 43 from Storm Mtn Road to H Bar G Road, CR 44H from CR 27 to USFS 352 to CSU Campus CR 63E, CR 52E (Old Flowers) from CR 27 to end of County ROW at USFS Boundary, CR63E (Pingree Park Road) from SH 14 to CR 44, US Highway 34 WB - EB Trail Ridge Rd (Grand Lake - Estes Park) (Milemarker 15-59)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Clear and warmer conditions prevailed across the fire today with temperatures in the mid 40's to mid 50's. The winds were out of the west at 10 to 15 mph with a few gusts from 20-25mph. Clear skies will continue tonight and temperatures will fall back into the low to mid 20's. High pressure and mainly clear skies will continue on Friday, with temperatures climbing into the upper 40's to upper 50's. A dry cold front will move into the region late on Friday and the winds will increase out of the west. Gusts from 35 to 45 mph are possible Friday evening through early Saturday afternoon, as the cold front moves across the fire. Temperatures will be a little cooler on Saturday with highs mainly in the low to mid 40's. Upper level ridging will begin to strengthen once again on Sunday with warmer temperatures. The upper ridge will continue to strengthen on Monday, with highs climbing into the mid to upper 50's.