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 – Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
Alan Lawson, Incident Commander
Fire Information: 970-541-1008
Size: 208,913 acres Containment: 92% Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation Personnel: 335
Special note: The Northwest Incident Management Team 10 will remain in command of the Cameron Peak Fire through part of Sunday, November 22. 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.
Current Situation: Fire behavior was minimal again yesterday; it was limited to smoldering in the uncontained area on the south. Winds prevented helicopters from making any water drops in this area. The Cameron Peak Fire Behavior Analyst has explained that the winds—in combination with present moisture levels—are doing some good; they help the smoldering fire consume the still-available fuels while the moisture inhibits spread. Fire managers still have the goal of utilizing water drops on areas near Pingree Park and “the bulge,” and they will continue looking for opportunities. Fire suppression efforts in this area remain a priority; today’s weather looks promising for air missions.
During the repair and rehabilitation efforts that are now the focus of much of the Cameron Peak Fire area, fire managers and crews work closely with “Resource Advisors” (READs). READs coordinate with local specialists such as biologists, archaeologists, engineers, and recreation specialists to identify potential impacts of suppression activities and provide guidance and recommendations for rehabilitation efforts. Yesterday in Division D in the northwest, READs helped direct rehabilitation of dozer lines coming off the 501 spur-road. Processing of wood took place in the Sand Creek area, and road crews plowed snow for access. Some chipping operations had to be temporarily halted in this area due to very slick roads. This repair, processing and chipping work will continue today. In Division L on the north, crews are making further progress on the equestrian trail and Molly Lake to Mount Plover sections. They will continue this work today. In Division T, U, and V on the east, crews completed the dozer rehab on the 407 and they finished chipping operations on Buckhorn Rd. Rehabilitation of fire line took place in the Rainbow Rook and CSU campus areas. Ground crews mopped up smoldering areas in Pingree Park until weather no longer allowed. Today, crews will keep repairing dozer and hand line, and ground and air suppression efforts in the Pingree Park area will be dictated by weather. Yesterday in Divisions X/Y on the south, engine crews helped create access through areas filled with blowdown, and today crews will repair an area on Storm Mountain.
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: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/
Rocky Mountain National Park: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Larimer County road closures: https://nocoalert.org
RESOURCES: 2 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 9 Engines, 1 Dozer, 14 Excavators, 4 Chippers, 7 Skidders, 2 Forwarders, 5 Processors, and multiple overhead staff.
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy becoming overcast by around 3pm. There is an increasing chance for light snow showers in the later afternoon to early evening, although minimal accumulation is expected (less than one inch). Temperatures are decreasing, with highs 30-35 above 8000 ft and 35-40 below 8000 ft. Relative humidity will be 60-70% above 8000ft and 35-45% below 8000 ft. Winds on the west side of the fire will come from the SW at 10-20 mph with gusts to 30. Winds on the east will be SE with gusts to 15 mph.