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 – Thursday, November 19, 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
Special note: The Northwest Incident Management Team 10 will remain in command of the Cameron Peak Fire through Saturday, November 21. The Southern Area Gold Team, another highly skilled, Type 2 Incident Management Team, is mobilizing from the southeast United States and will assume command of the Cameron Peak Fire over the weekend. This incoming team will spend Saturday shadowing members of NWT10 to ensure an efficient and smooth transition of knowledge.
Current Situation: Wednesday was another successful day on the Cameron Peak Fire, with crews continuing suppression repair and rehabilitation throughout the fire area. Winds were measured at gusts up to 50 mph in some areas; containment withstood these winds with no fire spread or spotting.
Yesterday, in Division D on the northwest side of the fire, crews chipped along the 333 road, processed wood along the 173 and 523 roads, and rehabilitated near the 501 and 86 roads. Crews will continue this same work today. Ground support is still plowing snow in this division to allow access to and removal of unneeded equipment. In Division L on the north, work on the Boy Scout camp area is nearly complete. Personnel are conducting repair work between Mount Plover and Molly Lake. Crews are still working on the equestrian trail, dispersing slash and repairing berms. In Division T, U, and V on the east, crews completed the dozer line rehab near Crystal Mountain yesterday. Dozer line rehab continues along the 407 road, and this should be nearly complete today. Chipping on Buckhorn Rd. is also nearing completion. Yesterday’s high winds prevented helicopters from flying and performing water drops in the Pingree Park area, however, ground crews were still able to work on some areas of heat here, dispersing fuel and extinguishing hot spots. They will do so again today if conditions are safe. In Divisions X and Y on the south, the dozer line repair is complete. Most resources in this area are moving to other areas of the fire where there is more work to be done. There are still some areas of isolated heat in the “the bulge.” Aircraft remain available to work here and in the Pingree Park areas; weather will dictate if they can be utilized today.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, Northwest Incident Management Team 10 delegated command of the Cameron Peak Fire on state and private lands to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. NWT10 will remain in place and continue their efforts on federal lands. Questions regarding needed suppression repairs on state and private lands should be sent to email@example.com.
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: 3 Crews, 2 Helicopter, 10 Engines, 1 Dozer, 14 Excavators, 4 Chippers, 5 Skidders, 2 Forwarders, 5 Processors, and multiple overhead staff.
WEATHER: Weather should remain mostly sunny, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs 30-40 and 45-55 above 8000ft. Minimum humidity is predicted to be 45-55% and 30-35% below 8000ft. Winds will be WSW at 25-45 mph in various areas of the fire, with gusts as high as 55 mph before 11am. Winds will begin to moderate in the afternoon. A cold front is on its way, with a chance of snow Friday and Saturday.