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 – Sunday, Nov. 1, 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
As anticipated, a wind event occurred today across the Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Thompson Zone. Wind gusts up to 50 mph tested the fireline. Thanks to the hard work of crews, as well as the snow and high fuel moisture, firelines held keeping the fire within its current perimeter. Fire managers anticipate that within a few more shifts, containment will increase. Air operations was unable to fly yesterday due to the wind conditions.
Snowmelt continues across many areas of the fire, making it easier for firefighters to access locations where heat and smoke persist. Heavy equipment is also being utilized where needed. Despite smoldering and some smoke in the Pingree Park area, fire managers anticipate they can gain increased containment in that area soon, as crews are working the fireline to ensure the fire will not spread beyond the existing control lines.
Crews are mopping up around Glen Haven and continue to monitor the North Fork slop-over with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, as access to that area continues to be difficult due to the snow. Fire managers are also using crews around the perimeter of the Thompson Zone to work directly along the fireline where topography allows to prevent the fire from progressing towards the Town of Estes Park and other values at risk.
For the contained areas of the fire, firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire edge. Suppression repair has begun around these contained portions of the perimeter and equipment that is no longer necessary is being backhauled from the fireline. Smoke will be visible from the interior of these fires as the heavy fuels, such as downed logs, continue to smolder and burn, but they do not currently pose a risk for fire spread.
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: Rocky Mountain National Park is closed. 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, 96 Engines, 11 dozers, 13 helicopters, and 25 water tenders
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the upper 50s, relative humidity from 27-35 percent, and winds 5-15 mph with gusts 30-35 mph depending on elevation. For information on 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.