Cameron Peak Fire Update
Monday, September 14, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
Southwest Area Incident Management Team 3
Dave Gesser, Southwest Area Team 3 Incident Commander
Fire Activity Picking Up
Current Situation: With warm temperatures, low humidity and a sunny day the snow continued to melt rapidly, and the fire activity became more noticeable. Conditions remained favorable allowing firefighters to mop-up and construct direct firelines along Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir, Pingree Park Road and Highway 14. Structure protection and indirect fireline construction occurred near the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions. This strategy will continue for the next several weeks as the fire perimeter is approximately 237 miles covering rough country with steep slopes, downed logs, trees and snags. Fire managers were successful in identifying the future fireline location in the Green Ridge area referred to as “the thumb” and resources began constructing direct line in the area. Aided by firefighters on the ground, helicopters with water drops were utilized in the area to put out hot spots. Planning and structure assessments continued for Estes Park, Glen Haven and surrounding communities.
Today, firefighters will focus direct line construction and mop up along Buckhorn Road and Comanche Lake section of the line in anticipation of the arrival of a northwesterly wind predicted for Tuesday. Work will continue on other sections of the fire, but surge forces will be focused in on the Buckhorn/Pingree Park area.
Closures and Evacuations: There are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place throughout the area. For a full list of evacuations and road closures, please visit https://nocoalert.org for more information. The Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure around the fire; a map of the closure area can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/map6964. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented the following closures: A number of trails, cross country zones and wilderness campsites are closed in the northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) has reopened and is now open across the park. For more specific information on these closures and a map, visit https://www.nps.gov/…/…/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Weather & Fuel Conditions: A high pressure system has settled over the region bringing with it warm temperatures in the 60s-70s and humidities in the teens. Winds will be light and variable on Monday, but Tuesday will see breezier conditions out of the northwest. This weather pattern is expected to persist to the weekend when the area is expected to experience another round of thunderstorms.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/Inte…/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf for more information. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure. For information please see https://www.nps.gov/…/…/fire-information-and-regulations.htm 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: 1054
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.
Media Inquiries: 970-541-0563
Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralColorado
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For updates on landfill closures and changes to restrictions, you can also text Fire Debris to 56525.
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