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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-Cameron Peak Fire-12/5/2020

Cameron Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 12/5/2020

Cameron Peak Fire 

Update – Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 9 a.m. 

Charlie Patterson, Incident Commander 

Size: 208,913 acresContainment: 100%Start Date: Aug. 13, 2020Cause: Under InvestigationPersonnel: 172 

Current Situation: Tonight at 6:00 PM Incident Commanders Larry Money and Chet Dieringer will assume command of the Cameron Peak Fire from outgoing Incident Commander Charlie Patterson. Several resources will be released today as the incident organization is reduced from a Type 2 to a Type 3 team size.   

Yesterday the Fuels Reduction Group worked in the NW corner of the fire removing hazardous timber fuels. The Suppression Group cleaned up debris/slash along the roadside in the Pingree area.  

Today the Fuels Reduction Group will continue fuels reduction work in the NW corner. The Suppression Group will monitor the smoldering fen (dry pond) and will continue patrolling in the Pingree area. The fen is the last known source of heat on the Cameron Peak Fire.    

Special Note:  

  • Yesterday the Cameron Peak Fire closure area was reduced in size. Please see the link in the Closures section below.     

  • 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. 


A persistent upper ridge continues the warm and dry pattern over the fire under clear skies. Yesterday high temperatures reached into the low 40’s at high elevations, while the lower elevations reached into the mid to upper 50’s. Minimum humidity dropped into the 15-20% range.  

A weak push from the north on Saturday will bring temperatures a couple degrees cooler and humidity up a couple of percentage values and produce even weaker winds. Westerly winds will increase Saturday night into Sunday to bring a warmer, drier, and breezy day on Sunday. The breezy, dry and warmer-than-normal pattern will continue into mid-next week as the upper ridge strengthens over the area.   

Resources: 2 Crews, 5 Engines, 1 Dozer, 6 Excavators, 4 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. 

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