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
Friday, September 18, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3
Dave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3 Incident Commander
Containment Grows, Fire Activity Unchanged
Current Situation: Yesterday, containment increased to 15% due to successfully connecting fire line on the east side along the Pingree Park Road. The fire perimeter continued to remain unchanged despite the very smokey conditions. In all sections of the fire, fire activity mirrored the past few days with the Green Ridge area along Highway 14 (“the thumb”) being the most active and heavily supported with helicopters. Progress on this section of line was made although it continues to be slow-going due to the distance needed to connect lines and additional hazards posed to firefighter safety. Construction of the contingency indirect lines and structure protection in the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions also continued. The sections of line along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road and Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir remained stable allowing extra firefighting resources to focus on other areas of the fire. This included Estes Park and Glen Haven with structure assessment and indirect fire line construction.
Today’s weather will exemplify a typical September day in the Rocky Mountains with temperatures around 70 degrees, low humidity and mild winds. These conditions will result in smoke being settled and visible in the communities around the fire area. Both fire behavior and firefighting efforts are expected to be nearly identical to yesterday. Firefighters will continue constructing fire lines with the goal of tying fire lines together on the perimeter to prevent fire growth and protect subdivisions and communities. The northwestern corner is expected to be the most active with multiple firefighting crews supported by helicopters continuing to connect fire line as conditions allow. Additional firefighting crews will be arriving to aid in the overarching goal of expanding containment while keeping the fire at its current footprint.
Closures and Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations were lifted for the Stratton park area; Mandatory evacuations were downgraded to voluntary for the following areas: Highway 14 from Stove Prairie Landing west to Kelly Flats, and County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27, for a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. Information about the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closure around the fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a variety of closures on trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened. Old Fall River Road remains closed. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system will continue in place until Saturday. The temperatures for the next few days will drop to the 60s with humidity remaining in the teens. Winds will shift to the southeast for tomorrow and to the southwest for the rest of the week. By the weekend a storm system will move in from the south and possibly bring thunderstorms to the area.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm, Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. 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: 102,596 acres
Total Personnel: 997
Location:25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Reported: August 13
Cause: Under investigation For More Information:
Public Information: (970) 541-1008, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: 970-541-0563
Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://tinyurl.com/y2duao6r