Cameron Peak Fire Update
Saturday, September 12, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3
Dave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3 Incident Commander
Southwest Area Team Takes Over Cameron Peak Fire
Current Situation: Fire activity remained minimal on the fire yesterday. However, an infrared flight conducted yesterday afternoon, showed a significant number of hot spots within the fire that could flare up in the days to come. Crews continue to surge resources and focus on building direct line along the fire’s edge in the Buckhorn and Pingree Park area, along Highway 14, and mopping up hot spots. The portion of the fire in Rocky Mountain National Park received another 6 inches of snow on Friday which allowed crews to focus on other areas of the fire.
Today, crews will continue to build direct line along Highway 14, the north end of Pingree Park Road and the Buckhorn Road while looking for hot spots to extinguish along the fire’s edge. Fire Officials are still considering the best and safest action to engage the fire north of Highway 14. They are proceeding with the completion of the Killpecker line and looking to utilize this line to box in the northern finger of the fire. Crews will also be working on contingency lines in the Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes areas.
Firefighter and public safety continued to be the top priority as firefighters contend with slippery roads and slopes, rolling debris, and fire weakened trees. The week ahead is expected to be increasing hot and dry with smoke and flames becoming more visible.
Southwest Area Incident management Team 3 assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire today as Rocky Mountain Team Black takes some much deserved rest and the Portland NIMO team heads to the Pacific Northwest to assist in firefighting efforts there. Incident Commander, Dave Gesser stated: “I commend the Rocky Mountain Team Black and Portland NIMO Team for the quality work and a smooth transition. We continue to build on their efforts, with a keen eye on safety for our firefighters and the community, in all that we do.”
Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations, both mandatory and voluntary, as well as road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt NF has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xGgxt Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. The closure was initially put in place on Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns tied to the potential of heavy smoke and low visibility on this high elevation road. The closure has remained in place due to drifted snow and significant ice. It is unknown when Trail Ridge Road will reopen. This closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice. A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://go.usa.gov/xGWXf.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: High pressure will build over the Rockies and persist through the weekend and most of the upcoming week. Temperatures will warm back towards near normal today and above normal for next week. The high pressure will result in mostly light to moderate slope-driven winds through the week. Mostly sunny skies are expected for much of the week ahead.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xGCfT to learn more. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado through October 7.
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: 102,596 acres
Total Personnel: 950
Location: 25 mi E of Walden; 15 mi SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Reported: August 13
Cause: Under investigation
For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 541-1008, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: 970-541-0563
Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralColorado
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