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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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Public Information Line
Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-541-1008
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cameron Peak Fire Information Update, Monday, October 26

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 10/26/2020

Fire Update

Cameron Peak Fire

East Troublesome Fire – Thompson Zone

Monday, October 26, 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

Special Note: The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will be transitioning command of the Cameron Peak Fire and the East Troublesome Fire – Thompson Zone to the Pacific Northwest Area Team 2 on Tuesday morning, October 27th.  Members of the Pacific Northwest Team began to arrive yesterday, and today will be a “shadow day” where members of both teams work closely together to ensure an efficient and thorough transition.

Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire – Thompson Zone

Current Situation:

A winter storm progressed from north to south across the region on Sunday and overnight. It snowed across the entire fire area “which is a huge plus for all of the firefighters who have been engaged for the past 76 days,” stated Operations Section Chief Paul Delmerico. Due to the weather, fire managers did not see any fire growth or activity yesterday and expect that to continue today.

Wind chills, road conditions and safety of firefighters continue to delay fire suppression actions this morning. Fire management officials are continuing to monitor the situation and patrol the fire’s edge where access is safe. Snow accumulations varied across the Cameron Peak Fire with the higher elevations receiving over 18 inches and similar amounts across the Thompson Zone. Fire supervisors will scout for safe work opportunities today as conditions allow. Firefighters will resume engagement when it is safe to do so, but that likely will not be today.  

Once normal operations begin, firefighters will focus on structure protection on the west side of Estes Park and also evaluate and reinforce contingency lines. On the Cameron Peak Fire, crews will continue to focus on securing containment lines and structure assessments along the southern perimeter, 44H Buckhorn Road and the Otter Road Spot. Firefighters will also start to work on suppression repair of dozer lines in Branches I and II.

Precipitation received over the fire the past two days will significantly diminish fire behavior in the short term but may not be enough to end fire season for the year. Extended precipitation that stays on the ground and seeps into the fuels will be necessary to completely extinguish the fire. Fire activity may increase again as we move into another drying trend with moderate temperatures and no predicted precipitation in the extended forecast. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions:  The snow will end Monday morning, with mainly clear but cold conditions the rest of the day. Very cold conditions will continue Monday night, but a warmup will begin Tuesday afternoon, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. A drying trend is expected for the remainder of the week.

Evacuations and Closures: For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone for the Cameron Peak Fire and TFIRE to 888777 for the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome Fire. 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 (TFR): A TFR is in place over the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires. 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: 208,663 acres

Containment: 64%

Total Personnel: 1,864

Location: 2 miles SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO

Reported: August 13, 2020

Cause: Under investigation

E. Troublesome – Thompson Zone Statistics:

Size: 4,346 acres

Containment: 0%

Location: Spotted in Spruce Creek 10 miles W of Estes Park

Reported: October 22, 2020

Cause: Spot from main East Troublesome Fire

For More Information:

Cameron Peak Fire Info: 970-541-1008 8 am-8 pm

Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov

Larimer County Joint Info Center: 970-980-2500

East Troublesome - Grand Zone: 970-445-2910

Links:

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

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

YouTube:www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNA6qSJC2UYKz68rp9etvA

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