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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
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

Highlighted Activity

11/23/2020 Cameron Peak Fire Update, Monday, November 23 2020
 Charlie Patterson, Incident CommanderFire Size: 208,913 acres Containment: 92% Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation Personnel: 301 Special note: Last night, at 6pm, command of the..
News - 11/23/2020
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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.

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 CommanderSouthern Area Gold Type 2 Incident Management Team - Charlie Patterson
Coordinates40.609 latitude, -105.879 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel301
Size208,913 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained92%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events




Planned Actions

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

Portions of County Rd (CR) 86 are currently closed for suppression repair activities. Additional information can be found here:

#45 data base clean up within the eIsuite has reduced cost today.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.