Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Cameron Peak Fire Update
Monday, August 31, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Portland National Incident Management Organization
Bea Day, NIMO Incident Commander
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Team Black Incident Commander
Fire Activity Remains Light; Surge Forces Begin Work Off Of Crown Point Road
Current Situation: Previous days’ precipitation and increased relative humidity limited fire growth with acreage increasing to 23,022 on Sunday.
On Sunday, crews completed indirect lines to protect communities to the northeast of the fire area – work on structure protection in these communities will continue today. Crews continued to patrol and monitor structures along the Laramie River Road and have nearly completed lines that will connect from Laramie River Road to the Deadman Road. Regional surge forces, four crews including two hotshot crews, arrived on the incident and will be building indirect line in closer proximity to the fire. These crews scouted and located areas where indirect line can be constructed from Crown Point Road into high elevation areas in and along the Comanche Peak Wilderness where natural fuel breaks occur. Firefighters in the surge force will establish spike camps in the area they work in to reduce travel time and exposure to other crews. These surge crews are on loan from the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and will assist on the Cameron Peak Fire for several days, then move on to other high priority assignments in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Today, heavy equipment will continue relocating from the Deadman Road area north of the fire towards Crown Point Road today as part of a shift in resources to the south in closer proximity to the fire perimeter. Surge forces will begin working on constructing line south from the Crown Point Road that was scouted yesterday. Other crews will continue monitoring along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road, and on the structures south of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus, as well as all other areas around the fire. Resources will also begin staging along the southern perimeter of the fire near Rocky Mountain National Park and the Neota Wilderness to inhibit potential southern progression of the fire if activity increases.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Precipitation from previous days and relative humidity levels around 20% kept fire activity minimal even as peak wind gusts reached as high as 45 mph on Sunday. Dry weather is expected through this morning with an increase in rain chances in the afternoon accompanied by increasing winds. Today, westerly winds are forecast to be 12-18 mph with gusts up to 35 mph on ridgetops this afternoon. The cooler weather forecast for today and Tuesday ends on Wednesday as a warming and drying trend is predicted through at least Friday. Increasing winds and dropping relative humidity levels are expected to increase fire activity in the coming days.
Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats Campground to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Yesterday, Larimer County lifted the voluntary evacuation orders near the fire; mandatory evacuation orders remain in place. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire; a map of that closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt. Rocky Mountain National Park also has closures in effect; those can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgx6.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. 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.
Cameron Peak Fire Statistics:
Size: 23,022 acres
Containment: 0% Total Personnel: 893
Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO
Reported: August 13 Cause: Under investigation
For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 541-1008, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m .
Media Inquiries: 970-541-0563
Interactive Fire Map: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://tinyurl.com/y2duao6r