Cameron Peak Fire grows to 22,845 acres, still at 0% containment

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 14:32:17-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The Cameron Peak Fire in western Larimer County was at 22,845 acres and still 0% contained as of Thursday morning, up from 21,017 acres Wednesday.

No structures, facilities or infrastructure have been damaged.

The fire grew slower on Wednesday thanks to an uptick in humidity from scattered storms and showers in the area, though no measurable rainfall fell on the fire.

The fire was expected to be more active on Thursday. Ground crews still aren't able to fight the fire directly due to the active fire behavior, steep terrain and fuels such as dead and dying trees.

Crews conducted burn operations on the northeast side of the fire Tuesday to increase the burned space between the fire and Highway 14. They continued structure preparation work along the norther, eastern, and southern sides of the fire and continued to build fire lines near Crystal Lake and Red Feather south toward Crown Point Road.

The Portland National Incident Management Organization Team and Rocky Mountain Team Black assumed command of the fire Wednesday morning, and 686 personnel are currently working the fire.

Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Kelly Flatts to Gould due to the Cameron Peak Fire. The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest has implemented a closure area around the fire. An evacuation map can be found below.

No structures or infrastructure has been damaged in the fire so far. The Lewstone Fire, which burned about 30 miles east of the Cameron Peak Fire, was deemed 100% contained Tuesday afternoon. Crews will continue mop-up duties there on Wednesday.

The fire started Aug. 13 around 1:45 p.m. and is located about 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes. Its cause remains under investigation.

The Cameron Peak Fire is one of four major fires currently burning in Colorado. Click here for more Denver7 coverage of the wildfires.