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