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
East Troublesome Fire Thompson Zone Update
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
Rob Allen, Incident Commander
Fire Information: 970-541-1008
Larimer County Joint Information Center: 970-980-2500
East Troublesome – Grand Zone: 970-445-2910
Cameron Peak Fire
Size: 208,663 acres
Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 4,346 acres
Start Date: Oct. 22, 2020
Cause: Spot Fire
Yesterday, improved road conditions allowed firefighters to get out to assess the snow effects on both the Cameron Peak Fire and the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Firefighters were able to access the southern perimeter of the Thompson Zone and began constructing fireline directly along the fire edge.
Road conditions were still poor and prevented access to the area below Storm Mountain. Pingree Park reported 27 inches of snow but the snow accumulation was far less in the area to the northwest due to the forest canopy that diminished the amount of snow reaching the ground. This is an area where the fire is smoldering and producing smoke. Firefighters accessed the Buckhorn Rd area to check firelines and hope to have that area contained over the next few days.
Today, firefighters will continue to improve indirect firelines north of the Thompson Zone fire perimeter that were initiated previously. Fire managers will continue to look at options for direct line construction on the east perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading into Estes Park.
On the Cameron Peak Fire, fire managers will try to get into the area south of Storm Mountain and around The Retreat to look at options for direct and indirect fireline to secure that section of the perimeter. The fire perimeter north of Cedar Park is looking good and will likely reach containment later today. Fire managers will assess the fire above Glen Haven and the slop-over across the North Fork Trail to look at direct and indirect options to secure the fire edge. Air operations will continue to monitor the area above Pingree Park and to the west in the Comanche Reservoir area. For the rest of the fire, firefighters will continue to patrol the fire edge and start hauling out equipment that is no longer needed and begin suppression repair work.
EVACUATIONS: 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(enter #1) if you have been evacuated and need shelter. You can also visit http://cowyredcrossblog.org/cpf/ for updates.
CLOSURES: All of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed. All National Forest System lands on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District are closed.
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
RESOURCES: 2 Hotshot crews, 29 Type 2 Hand crews, 111 Engines, 14 dozers, 13 helicopters, and 28 water tenders
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to upper 50s, relative humidity from 27-35%, and winds 5-15 mph with gusts 20-30 mph depending on elevation. Strong winds after midnight into early Saturday with gusts 40-50 mph, then diminishing in the afternoon. For information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange
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.