Cameron Peak Fire Transitions Command; Work Continues
Current Situation: The Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team and Rocky Mountain Team Black assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire at 6 a.m. this morning. An overnight infrared mapping flight was canceled due to weather, keeping the acreage on maps unchanged. The fire remains in a full suppression strategy. No structures, facilities, or infrastructure have been damaged.
On Tuesday, the structure protection group conducted a firing operation from Highway 14 toward the northeast flank of the fire. This increased the area in the “black” between the fire and the highway. Structure fire crews continued preparing structures along the north, east and south sides of the fire. Heavy equipment and hand crews improved roads and dozer lines on the south side of Crystal Lake and Red Feather communities and south along the Manhattan Road crossing Highway 14 south to Crown Point Road. Air support assisted firefighters where needed near structures and on the more active portions of the fire.
Today, fire crews will continue with structure assessments and preparation with removal of vegetation and laying hose and sprinkler systems. They will monitor yesterday’s firing operations and extinguish any hot embers to ensure structures are secure. As weather permits, they will continue to use fire to remove unburned natural fuels between the edge of the main fire and structures. Heavy equipment and hand crews will continue to remove vegetation, improve roadways and build fire lines to be used as fuel breaks along the northern, eastern and southeastern portions of the fire area. Assessments continue in the steep terrain on the southern portion of the fire to tie control operations to natural features in areas above the tree line.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be 75-80 degrees with relative humidity 15-20% below 9,000’ and 20-25% at higher elevations. Ridgetop winds will be out of the west at 10-15 mph There is a 60% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon that may bring gusty, erratic winds up to 40 mph in the afternoon.
Closures and Evacuations: Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flats to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Inte…/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781358.pdf to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information see https://www.nps.gov/…/…/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Cameron Peak Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Cameron Peak Fire Statistics:
Size: 21,017 acres
Total Personnel: 686
Location: 25 mi E of Walden, 15 mi SW of Redfeather Lakes, CO
Reported: August 13
Cause: Under investigation For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 541-1008, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center to assist residents who have been evacuated by the Cameron Peak fire.
Evacuation Center is located at: La Porte-Cache Poudre Middle School Gymnasium, 3515 Co Road 54G, Laporte
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