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 – Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
Alan Lawson, Incident Commander
Fire Information: 970-541-1008
Size: 208,913 acres
Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation
Yesterday, the Incident Management Team’s Operations Chief took an observation flight to the south side of the fire. No heat was seen along the contained southeast perimeter. The smoke visible from the North Fork slop over (aka The Bulge) appears to be large, downed trees that are smoldering. If conditions permit, helicopters will make water drops on these areas of isolated heat today. Yesterday in the northwest section of the fire, crews processed wood and rehabbed dozer lines. Firefighters repaired the equestrian trail south of Red Feather Lakes Road, and they made improvement on the Mt. Clover Road on the north side. In the southeast section in Division X/Y, crews wrapped up work and are repositioning equipment into other areas of the fire. In the Pingree Park area, conditions were favorable for a helicopter to release four loads of water onto the “small campfires” still smoldering there.
Strong winds persist today, coming mostly from the southwest with gusts over 50 mph possible. Resources are available to act if any flare ups occur. In the northwest section in Division D, crews will work on restoration of hand line along the 86 Road, and they will perform chipping operations on roads 173 and 523. In the northern section in Division L, crews plan on finishing rehabilitation work near the Boy Scout camp, and they have more work on the equestrian trail along with slash dispersal within the area. Work on the Mt. Clover Road to Molly Lake continues. Repair on the 340 Road finger is ongoing. In the northeast section in Division T, crews will conduct repair efforts along the 407 Road and will repair dozer line in Sky Ranch. Firefighters will be chipping on Buckhorn Road. If weather cooperates, a helicopter will use buckets to again drop water in the smoldering pockets near Pingree Park.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, Northwest Incident Management Team 10 (IMT) delegated command of the Cameron Peak Fire on state and private lands to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. The IMT will remain in place and continue their efforts on federal lands. The IMT will not have completed all suppression repairs on state and private lands by the time this transition takes place. Larimer County will assume responsibility for the remaining repairs and will assess those areas in Spring 2021. This will be coordinated through the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management. Questions regarding needed suppression repairs on state and private lands should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEBRIS DISPOSAL: The Larimer County Landfill is accepting fire debris through June 30, 2021. There are special handling instructions for fire debris transport. Please visit the Landfill homepage at larimer.org/solidwaste to see the Fire Debris Disposal alert banner, at the top of the page. Or call the business office at 970-498-5760 with questions. For updates on landfill closures and changes to restrictions, you can also text Fire Debris to 56525.
CLOSURES: Some National Forest System lands on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District have reopened, please know before you go.
- Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/
- Some areas of Rocky Mountain National Park have reopened: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
- Larimer County evacuations and road closures: https://nocoalert.org
RESOURCES: 4 Crews, 1 Helicopter, 10 Engines, 1 Dozer
WEATHER: Strong winds today with gusts between 50 and 70 mph in some areas. Winds will begin to weaken Thursday morning. There is a chance for snow this Friday and Saturday.