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Cameron Peak Fire

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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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Cameron Peak Fire Information Update, Mon, October 19

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 10/19/2020

Cameron Peak Fire Update

Monday, October 19, 2020 – 9:00 am

Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team

Dan Dallas, Incident Commander

Information Office: 970-541-1008

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov

Current Situation:

Firefighters took advantage of the lighter winds and higher humidities on Sunday to concentrate on securing line on the eastern and southern edges of the recent fire growth. Four crews and heavy equipment built direct line along two flanks of the 2400-acre spot fire near Buckskin Heights with the goal of containment today. The cloud cover and smoke limited use of aircraft Sunday; helicopters were used for a three-hour period in the afternoon. “We had a good opportunity with the weather today; good work was done,” observed Incident Commander Dan Dallas.  

Dry and windy conditions may increase fire activity in the afternoon today. The focus will remain on completing containment objectives on the southeast corner and around the spot fire. Fire officials are scouting for opportunities to create a fireline from The Retreat to Storm Mountain to protect values at risk. Night shift tonight will continue around the clock to progress towards completing suppression objectives.

Branch I north and east of Highway 14 is in patrol status. Coordination with the power company continues to replace lines and damaged power poles on Highway 14. Division A/D resources continue to monitor the direct line along the west and north perimeters. Division F/L/R isin patrol status. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire’s edge along Green Ridge, Bellaire Lake Campground, and mop-up around structures when safe.  As the fuels dry out over the next several days, interior smoke will be visible.

In Branch II, theobjective is to keep the fire south of 44H Buckhorn Road and west of CR27. Dozers are working toward the east in Division T to meet crews building direct line from the Division T/V break. Heavy equipment and aviation assisted firefighters in Division V to construct fireline along 25E Road and Otter Road. Division U forces were reassigned to Branch II to assist with line construction around the spot fire.

Branch III firefighters concentrated on securing the southern edge of the fire and assessment of values at risk for Glen Haven, Storm Mountain, The Retreat, The Fall River Corridor, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Crews in Division X/Y work to secure the southern edge of the fire in steep terrain by utilizing existing trails and roads. Engines and firefighters continue to provide structure protection by removing fuels and constructing line. A Structure Group is aiding with damage assessment. Divisions W and Z lookouts in Rocky Mountain National Park continue to monitor for fire spread to the south.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A progressively dry and gusty weather pattern began Sunday evening.  On the west side of the fire winds will steadily increase to 25-35 mph, gusting to 55 mph.  On the eastern edge winds are light in the morning increasing to 15-25 mph with 30-40 mph gusts in the afternoon.  The fuels drying process will begin today and by this afternoon the combination of sunny skies, high winds and low humidity will dry out fuels and increase fire activity and smoke.

Evacuations and Closures: For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. Emergency information will be forwarded as needed. This is the best way to get information about the situation in your area. Call the Red Cross at 800-417-0495. Press #1 if you have been evacuated and need shelter.  You can also visit http://cowyredcrossblog.org/cpf/ for updates.

Larimer County evacuations and road closures: https://nocoalert.org

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=60887

Rocky Mountain National Park closures: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fireinformation-and-regulations.html

Temporary Flight Restriction (TRF): A TFR 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: 203,604 acres

Containment: 62%

Total Personnel: 1,464

Location: 2 miles SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO

Reported: August 13, 2020

Cause: Under investigation
 

For More Information:

 Fire Information Office: 970-541-1008    8 am to 8 pm

 Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov

 InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964

 Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CameronPeakFire/

 Larimer County Joint Info Center: (970) 980-2500

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