Cameron Peak Fire Update
Monday, October 5, 2020
Northwest Incident Management Team 6
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Shane Theall & Ken Paul, Deputy Incident Commanders
Firefighters Prepare for a Challenge
Current Situation: Most lines held Sunday and during Monday’s early morning hours. The fire spotted across the northern line in at least one location – near the 333A road — and firefighters are attacking that spot this morning while holding mostly defensive positions around the rest of the fire. The Red Flag Warning continues through Monday until 7:00 p.m. The Fire Behavior Analyst predicts potentially extreme fire conditions with the expected weather and condition of forest fuels.
Today’s instructions to crews are to secure and hold lines, mop up where possible, and initiate defensive burnout operations if necessary. Top priority for aircraft if not restricted due to wind conditions is the north line followed by preventative drops to cool fire areas west-northwest of Comanche Reservoir. Engines and crews will be monitoring and defending structures at risk. The areas to the northeast of the fire will be heavily patrolled, as will the Highway 14 corridor.
Weather Conditions: The Red Flag Weather Warning that began Sunday at 9:00 p.m. will remain in effect until 7:00 p.m. Monday night. Monday should be mostly sunny with highs 62-70°F. Relative humidity will be low at 11% to 15%. Winds will shift direction but continue to blow through the day 30-40 mph with gusts to 50 mph possible. Valleys will mostly be sheltered from the winds in the morning. Tuesday is expected to be calmer with winds around 10 mph and gusts to 20 mph. Tuesday through Thursday will continue very dry with highs 65-70°F.
Crews worked around the perimeter on Sunday securing firelines in preparation for the predicted wind event. Fire activity increased slightly during the day burning pockets of fuel in the interior, along the perimeter west of Comanche Reservoir to Brown’s Lake, and in the southwest corner near Corral Creek. Aviation resources assisted crews in holding these areas and fire movement was minimal before nightfall. With the Red Flag Warning wind event expected overnight, some daytime firefighters were designated as a surge force and prepared to join those on the nightshift, if the need arose. The wind gusted to 46 mph and challenged the containment lines especially on the north and in the green space west of Comanche Reservoir. Surge firefighters were not needed overnight.
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: 126,251 acres
Total Personnel: 937
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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