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Cameron Peak Fire

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Phone: 970-541-1008
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Cameron Peak Fire Update, Saturday, November 21 2020

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 3 days ago

Alan Lawson, Incident Commander 

Fire Information: 970-541-1008 




Size: 208,913 acres        Containment: 92%        Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020        Cause: Under Investigation        Personnel: 319 

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 (type 2) is mobilizing from the southeast United States. Over the weekend, the two teams will work together to create an orderly transition of knowledge and ensure a smooth transition of command. 

Current Situation: Yesterday, winds over the Cameron Peak Fire were much calmer than previous days, gusting no more than 20 mph. These conditions permitted air resources to fly, and helicopters dropped just over 5000 gallons of water on hotspots in the Pingree Park area. Similar weather is predicted for tomorrow, and fire managers hope to utilize air resources once again. Fire suppression efforts in the Pingree Park area remain a priority.  

Yesterday in Division D in the northwest, rehabilitation of the dozer lines off the 501 spur-road continued along with road grading in the area. Crews and equipment operators skidded and processed wood in the Sand Creek area. Fire staff will keep working on these projects today. Yesterday on the north side in Division L, crews worked on the equestrian trail and 509 to Molly Lake trail. They also began some repair work in the Bellaire Lake area and will continue this work tomorrow. On the east in Division T, U, and V on the east, Resource Advisors inspected and approved rehabilitation work on the 407. Crews completed the rehabilitation of handline in the CSU campus area. Dozer line rehab began in the Sky Ranch area. There was less visible smoke in the Pingree Park area yesterday, and water drops were effective in cooling those that were present. Today, crews will continue their work in Pingree Park and in the Sky Ranch area, and, weather permitting, helicopters will perform water drops again in this area. Yesterday in Divisions X/Y in the south, the repairs on Storm Mountain area were completed. Helicopters dropped water on a smoke that was seen south of Signal Mountain near “the bulge”. Crews will patrol this area today and monitor for any more smokes. 

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is working on the Cameron Peak Fire. BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate impacts of the fire across the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments on Federal Lands. To learn more about the BAER team’s efforts, you can go to the dedicated InciWeb page: 

NWT10 is maintaining suppression efforts on federal lands. Questions regarding needed suppression repairs on state and private lands should be sent to 

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 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:   

Rocky Mountain National Park:   

Larimer County road closures:  

RESOURCES:  3 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 6 Engines, 1 Dozer, 15 Excavators, 5 Chippers, 1 Forwarder, 5 Processors, and multiple overhead staff. 

WEATHER: Today will have clear skies with temperatures of 35-40 above 8000 ft and 45-50 below 8000 ft. Temperatures will grow very cold overnight (possibly down to -10) as temperatures combine with wind chills. Humidity will be between 25 to 45%, depending on elevation. Winds on the west side of the fire will be SW 5-15 mph, with gusts to 30 mph and turning WNW after 12pm. On the east side of the fire, winds will be SE between 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph. The next chance for a small amount of precipitation occurs on Monday and Tuesday.