This morning's Fire Update post includes an additional proximity map of the Mullen and Cameron Peak Fires for reference. Refer to the Cameron Peak Fire map for details on the fire.
Cameron Peak Fire Update
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Northwest Incident Management Team 6
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Shane Theall & Ken Paul, Deputy Incident Commanders
Firefighters Strengthen Containment
Current Situation: Saturday’s weather allowed firefighters to focus on reinforcing the fireline they created over the past several days and adding additional line. The small army of heavy machinery (5 bulldozers, 5 masticators, 5 feller-bunchers, 4 skidders, 2 water tenders, an excavator, a grader, and an engine) continued working the northern flank of the fire west of Bellaire Lake and firefighters strengthened that line by adding water and hose lays along that stretch. More heavy machinery is spread around the fire working on other strategic advances. Patrols around homes and structures at risk extinguished any remaining pockets of heat and prepared protection measures to be ready for any increased fire behavior. Local fire department crews are working beside the federal firefighters protecting these homes. Increased fire activity occurred in the Comanche Reservoir and Corral Creek areas where crews worked with aviation resources to quiet and contain fire movement. Aviation resources had to stop working by 5:00 p.m. because smoke limited visibility. Crews also worked to open road access to the area west of Comanche Reservoir to aid efforts in that area. Around the perimeter of the fire, firefighters walked the developed line checking for and extinguishing any spot fires threatening the line.
Today firefighters will continue adding water and hose lays to the northern perimeter of the fire. Crews and aviation will keep addressing the heat along the southern perimeter and throughout the fire. Additional burnouts may be done in the Sheep Creek and Corral Creek drainages, weather permitting. Engines and crews will keep monitoring structures at risk. Firefighters will remain alert as the day progresses to the predicted wind shift and increasing wind gusts that will build to 40 mph well after dark. These winds will challenge the crews working through the night.
Weather Conditions: Sunday is predicted to be sunny and noticeably warmer with highs 60-71°F. Winds are expected to start off light and increase in intensity as the direction shifts from the NW to the W. By 9:00 p.m. a Local Red Flag Weather Warning will go into effect and last until 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Wind associated with the incoming “Shallow Mountain Wave” could gust to 40 mph. Monday is predicted to have a high near 70°F with elevated fire weather conditions.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. 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 are sure the drone is clear of the area. The use of drones is always prohibited in national parks. For more information please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Cameron Peak Fire Statistics:
Size: 126,164 acres
Total Personnel: 889
Location: 2 mi SW of Red Feather
Reported: August 13
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Information: (970) 541-1008
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 541-0563
Joint Info Center: (970) 980-2500
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ayXeD0
Smoke Update: https://tinyurl.com/y2duao6r
Closures and Evacuations:
Larimer County evacuations and road closures: https://nocoalert.org
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests fire closure area:
Rocky Mountain National Park closures: https://www.nps.gov/…/…/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Stage 2: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Inte…/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf
Rocky Mountain National Park, no fires: https://www.nps.gov/…/…/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Larimer County ban until October 31: https://www.larimer.org/…/larimer-county-open-fire-ban-effe….
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