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 Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Northwest Incident Management Team 6
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Shane Theall, Deputy IC
Ken Paul, Deputy IC
Winds Tested the Containment Lines
Current Situation: Most of the containment lines held Monday during the Red Flag wind event. The fire spotted across the northern line near the 333A road and burned 50-70 acres. Firefighters aided by aviation resources and heavy equipment were able to get mechanical line around most of that spot fire with the last section tied into a wetland. Around the perimeter firefighters were challenged with spots and embers coming across the lines. They patrolled seeking out heat and extinguishing any found. Crews and engines worked around the homes and structures at risk defending them. One of the most active sections of the fire was along the Hwy 14 corridor where large islands of unburned fuel remained. Yesterday, burning within these islands put up heavy smoke and it is likely to do so again today. Firefighters and engines defended the structures along that stretch from the defensive areas they created the past few days until they were ordered to leave for their safety. Large air tankers and helicopters worked with firefighters to hold the fire above Comanche Reservoir. Working off the Corral Creek Trail in the southwest corner of the fire, crews burned out about 40 acres to check further movement of the fire to the south. Crews in Rocky Mountain National Park worked on contingency lines but did not have much fire activity in that area.
Today, fire crews will secure and hold lines, mopping up where needed. Firefighters will utilize water on the new line around the spot to the north to strengthen it. Engines will patrol around homes mopping up and protecting them especially in the Elkhorn and Kinikinik areas. Efforts will continue to hold the fire at Long Draw and above Comanche Reservoir. While the winds will likely decrease, the fuels remain critically dry and firefighters will continue to experience active fire behavior.
Weather Conditions: Tuesday should be mostly sunny with highs 65-70°F. Relative humidity will is expected to be low at 8-13%. Winds are forecast to decrease to 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Wednesday highs are expected to be 65-70°F with increasing clouds. The relative humidity is anticipated to continue to be very dry with little overnight recovery.
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.
Size: 127,398 acres
Total Personnel: 891
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 5 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
Colorado Parks and Wildlife: cpw.state.co.us