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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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Daily Update Thursday, December 3, 2020 Cameron Peak Fire

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 12/3/2020

Cameron Peak Fire 

Update – Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 9 a.m. 

Charlie Patterson, Incident Commander 

Size: 208,913 acresContainment: 100%Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020Cause: Under InvestigationPersonnel: 216 

Current Situation:  After 112 days, containment has reached 100% on Colorado’s largest wildfire.  

Due to the extremely low wind chill values and hazardous road conditions on Tuesday, personnel were not sent to the field. Managers used this time to further evaluate the effectiveness of the work that has been done to date. 

Clear skies and warmer weather today will allow personnel to return to the field.  

The Fuels Reduction Group will resume work in the NW corner to remove hazardous timber and reduce fuels near roads. The Suppression Group will monitor the smoldering fen (dry pond) northwest of Pingree and will determine whether additional suppression actions can be taken without adversely affecting resource values.  This fen is expected to smolder for several days or weeks but poses very little risk of spread.  

There are no planned operational missions for the helicopter today. However, flights are planned to retrieve equipment from some of the mountain tops. An MMA infrared flight is scheduled this afternoon to identify any hotspots. 

Special Note:  

  • The Deadman Road/County Road 86 remains closed. Please do not drive on or hunt off this road. To better understand the dangers in this area, visit



  • Please do not fly drones over the fire where helicopters are working. Remember, “We cannot fly if you do.” 

  • Please respect road closures. Traffic on closed roads creates safety hazards for firefighters and other vehicles. 

Weather:  Several weak cold fronts passed through on Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing light snow flurries and wind chills as low as -10 degrees. This resulted in high temperatures of 15-25 degrees and wind chills from 0 to 5 degrees.   

Beginning Thursday, a high pressure ridge will bring warmer temperatures and less gusty winds.  Temperatures should reach around 30 degrees above 8,000 feet and 40-45 degrees below 8,000 feet. Afternoon winds should be from the north at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. It should be dry for approximately a week and a half. 

Resources: 2 Crews, 1 Helicopter, 5 Engines, 1 Dozer, 2 Ambulances, 6 Excavators, 5 feller bunchers, 8 skidders and overhead staff. 

Repair: Please email questions regarding needed suppression repairs on state and private lands to

Debris disposal: For updates on Larimer County Landfill closures and changes to restrictions, text Fire Debris to 56525, visit or call (970) 498-5760.