Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
The Southern Area Gold Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire on November 22nd at 6:00 pm.
The Cameron Peak fire ignited on August 13 on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. The East Thompson Zone Fire started on October 22 when the East Troublesome Fire spotted across the Continental Divide and became established in Rocky Mountain National Park between the Divide and Estes Park. The fires burned in heavy timber stands over rugged terrain. High winds combined with critically dry fuels drove fire growth. Cooler temperatures and widespread snow over the area has been dampening fire activity.
There are no evacuations in place at this time.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Unknown, Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Thursday August 13th, 2020 approx. 01:48 PM|
|Location||15 miles SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO|
|Incident Commander||Southern Area Gold Type 2 Incident Management Team - Charlie Patterson|
|Coordinates||40.609 latitude, -105.879 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||92%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday November 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
High elevation mixed conifer with moderate dead and down fuel loading, along with a high percentage of beetle-killed lodge pole.
Lower elevation grass fuels are dry in areas that lack snow cover. ERC values for this area are starting to drop.
Across the entire fire area: Continue suppression repair, as conditions allow, and backhaul equipment where access is feasible. Monitor current uncontroled line.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: As forecasted weather conditions become warmer and dryer fire activity has potential to pick up.
24 hours: The weather pattern that is becoming established will help maintain the low dead fuel moistures. In areas that have snow cover the 1 and 10 hour fuels are not available to burn.
48 hours: As weather pattern changes, fuels in areas that are not covered by snow will potentially be covered with light snowfall which will increase fuel moisture reducing availability for fire spread.
72 hours: The gradual decrease in temperatures along with rise in RH will slow dead fuel moisture loss.
After 72: A slight break in moisture will allow fuels to remain steady in moisture amounts until predicted moisture returns.
Cameron Peak acreage is 208,913 acres (estimated from MMA flight at 1248 on 11/6/2020). Containment is approximately 92%.
The Canyon Lakes and Pawnee Ranger Districts of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests, Pawnee National Grassland, have many closures. USFS closure information can be found at https://www.fs.usdas.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD826559
Portions of County Rd (CR) 86 are currently closed for suppression repair activities. Additional information can be found here: https://www.larmier.org/roads/closures
#45 data base clean up within the eIsuite has reduced cost today.
Today will bring increasing clouds and a chance for precipitation spreading from west to east across the fire. The fire area may see snow as well as rain turning into snow. Some areas over the fire could receive one to two inches of snow accumulation. Temperatures should be 30-40 above 8,000 ft and 40-50 below 8,000 ft. Minimum humidity is forecast for 45-55% above 8,000 ft and 35-45 below 8,000 ft. Winds on the west side of the fire will be WSW at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, then SW after 12pm at 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Winds on the east side of the fire will be terrain driven at 5-10 mph, becoming SW at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph after 10am. Tuesday brings a cold, dry front to the area and another round of strong winds Tuesday into Wednesday.