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
Tuesday, October 20, 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.
Air support reported the busiest day since arrival on the incident with over 60 hours of flight time. Aviation supported firefighters with both water and retardant drops on the southern perimeter of the fire near Glen Haven, The Retreat, and Storm Mountain. Crews made progress on containment lines, and structure protection continues. Line construction along the 44H Buckhorn Rd was successful yesterday in preparation for a potential burnout operation (burning fuels between a control feature and the fire edge to remove fuels from the advancing path of the fire). Fire continues to be active in steep rugged terrain around Signal Mountain. Fire managers are assessing options to hold the fire along the North Fork Trail.
Over the next several days, the drying trend will continue. Aviation will aid firefighters building containment lines around the spot fire near Buckskin Heights where there is no imminent threat to structures. Completing containment objectives along the southeast corner of the fire near Masonville remains a priority. Night operations will continue progress attained by the day shift, taking advantage of the lower winds and higher nighttime humidities to achieve objectives. These carefully planned suppression tactics will be implemented while giving priority to the safety of firefighters and the public.
Branch I north and east of Highway 14 is in patrol status, and crews are identifying and removing equipment that is no longer needed. Crews in Division A/D continue to monitor the containment line, and the power company continues to repair lines and replace damaged poles on Highway 14. Division F/L/R isin patrol status. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire’s edge along the Manhattan Road. Interior fuel that continues to burn inside the fire perimeter is being monitored by firefighters with a Skidgine (similar to a skidder with a water tank and pump) near the Bellaire Lake Campground.
In Branch II, theobjective is to keep the fire south of 44H Buckhorn Road and west of CR27. Heavy equipment and hand crews remain working in Division T to complete the containment line and secure the area that burned north of 44H Buckhorn Road. Division V forces continue to patrol CR27 and protect values at risk. Crews completed almost two miles of line from the SE corner west towards Cedar Park along the edge of an old burn scar. Aviation resources assisted Division U firefighters to secure the line and look for opportunities to complete direct and indirect line around the steep terrain in and near the NW corner of the spot fire.
Branch III firefighters made excellent progress securing the southern edge of the fire near the communities of Glen Haven, Storm Mountain, The Retreat, and Cedar Park. Clear skies allowed aviation resources to assist crews in Division X/Y to secure the southern edge of the fire. These water and retardant drops are key strategies in this steep terrain. The Incident Management Team continues to work with Rocky Mountain National Park fire managers to monitor fire activity in Divisions W and Z.
Structure Protection Groups are working to the south and east of the fire, assessing needs and establishing point protection on values at risk. This allows firefighting crews to focus on constructing line and securing the fire’s edge. This includes the areas and communities around CSU campus, Pingree Park, Glen Haven, The Retreat, Storm Mountain, Otter Road and Red Stone Canyon. On the CSU campus, crews are mopping up around buildings and other infrastructure.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Fire activity may increase due to three consecutive days of dry weather and poor overnight humidity recovery. The weather today will be similar to yesterday; the strongest winds will prevail at higher elevations. An east wind is expected over the southeastern corner of the fire by late evening. A Red Flag Warning is issued for noon Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday morning. There is potential for active burning if the winds align with the terrain.
Special Notes: With the high level of large fire activity nationwide and an extended season into the fall, competition for firefighting resources is high. Fire managers prioritize needs each day and deploy firefighting resources to the areas of the fire with greatest need.
We receive many questions about the best way to help firefighters. Donating money to or volunteering time with local organizations and charities is the most effective way to contribute to the fire effort. Please see our Facebook and InciWeb pages for additional guidance on this topic.
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: 205,004 acres
Total Personnel: 1,542
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
Larimer County Joint Info Center: (970) 980-2500