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 for Thursday, October 1, 2020
Northwest Incident Management Team
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Shane Theall, Deputy IC
Ken Paul, Deputy IC
Hard Work Increases Containment
Current Situation: Wednesday’s good weather conditions and decreased fire behavior allowed firefighters to work directly on the fire perimeter. This work advanced containment to 30% as firefighters completed fireline in several locations. Heavy equipment worked in force to start closing the nine-mile gap on the north side of the fire. Burnouts were conducted near Kinikinik to further protect the structures at risk and remove fuels from the unburned island in the fire. On the northeast side another burnout was done to secure the area between those fingers of fire and prepare it for putting in direct fireline. Hand crews worked in unison with air support along the edge between Brown’s Lake and Comanche Reservoir. Crews also successfully attacked stretches in the Long Draw area and on the northwest side of the fire. Structure crews continue to work both day and night to secure values at risk patrolling, mopping up, and extinguishing spot fires. All around the fire, crews received solid aviation support with 11 helicopters running almost continual bucket drops to cool hotter areas and allow firefighters to work in close to the fire perimeter.
Today firefighters will build on yesterday’s successes working on further extension of firelines along the perimeter. Structure protection remains a high priority and crews will continue to work around the values at risk. Firefighters will need to stay alert as extremely dry fuels remain and shifting winds may bring changes in direction for fire and ember movement.
Weather Conditions: Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs of 54-65°F. North-northwest winds are anticipated to shift to north-northeast winds after 1 p.m. and are forecasted to be 6-10 mph with gusts up to 22 mph. Friday is predicted to be partly cloudy and slightly warmer with wind gusts to 25 mph.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): 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 are sure the drone is clear of the area. The use of drones is always prohibited in national parks. For more information please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Cameron Peak Fire Statistics Summary:
Size: 125,006 acres
Total Personnel: 882
Location: 2 mi SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Reported: August 13
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Information: (970) 541-1008 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 541-0563
Joint Info Center: (970) 980-2500 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://tinyurl.com/y2duao6r
Closures and Evacuations:
Larimer County evacuations and road closures: https://nocoalert.org
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests fire closure area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=60887
Rocky Mountain National Park closures: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Stage 2: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf
Rocky Mountain National Park, no fires: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Larimer County ban until October 31: https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy
State of Colorado ban until October 7.