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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

10/1/2020 Cameron Peak Fire Information Update

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 10/1/2020

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

Cameron Peak Fire Statistics Summary:

Size: 125,006 acres

Containment: 30%

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:                       

Smoke Update: 


Closures and Evacuations:
Larimer County evacuations and road closures:
 Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests fire closure area:
 Rocky Mountain National Park closures:

Fire Restrictions:
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Stage 2:
 Rocky Mountain National Park, no fires:
 Larimer County ban until October 31:
 State of Colorado ban until October 7.