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 – Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 @ 8:00 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 from East Troublesome Fire
Total Personnel on both fires: 1,459
Yesterday’s warm, sunny conditions contributed to increased snow melt over the fire area, improving access for firefighter engagement. On the Thompson Zone of the East Troublesome Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, firefighters continued to improve firelines on the southern perimeter, prepared indirect line to the north that will tie into the Bear Lake Rd, monitored the snow melt for opportunities to get to the fire edge and pulled out equipment that is no longer needed.
On the south side of the Cameron Peak Fire, fire managers continued to evaluate areas along the southern perimeter to determine access options and containment strategies. This includes Cedar Park, Storm Mountain, The Retreat, Glen Haven, the North Fork Trail slop-over, and the Pingree Park and CSU Mountain Campus areas. Assessment of containment lines on the east perimeter and around the Otter spot fire north of Masonville is ongoing to determine and begin necessary repair work. A drone was flown over the fire perimeter along the Buckhorn Rd (44H) to assess conditions and showed a lot of snow on the north-facing slopes in that area. The fireline that was in question near Bellaire Lake has been confirmed contained.
A cold front moved into the area in the pre-dawn hours this morning with gusty winds up to 50 mph. Unlike previous wind events on this fire, the duration will be shorter and the overall conditions – temperatures, relative humidities, fuels receptive to burning – are less severe. The winds will accelerate snow melt and drying, which will improve firefighter access. It will also expose more of the fire edge and show where heat remains. This will be an advantage to fire managers as they prioritize where to focus resources to build direct and indirect fireline and reinforce existing lines during today’s activities on the Thompson Zone and the southern fire perimeter of the Cameron Peak Fire.
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, 91 Engines, 13 dozers, 13 helicopters, and 24 water tenders
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to upper 50s and relative humidity from 27-35%. Gusty winds will continue through the morning then start to decrease to 20-25 mph this afternoon and into the early evening. 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.