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Cameron Peak Fire stays same size, remains 64% contained after good weather

Cameron Peak Fire_Oct 27 2020
Posted at 1:29 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 15:29:43-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The Cameron Peak Fire remained at 208,663 acres and 64% contained by Thursday, officials said.

Good weather conditions allowed crews to conduct reconnaissance on the fire, both on the ground and in the area. Crews are still gauging road conditions to access certain areas of the fire. More smoke could appear Thursday and into the weekend as conditions dry out and snow melts.

On Wednesday, officials said more than 440 structures — 222 of which were cabins or residences — have been destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire, according to the Larimer County's Sheriff's Office.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joe Shellhammer said during an announcement Wednesday morning that in total, 442 structures are total losses. As of Wednesday morning, crews had completed damage assessments in The Retreat, Storm Mountain, Cedar Park and the top of Glen Haven. He said there's still some heat above Glen Haven, which concerns him, and while he's been trying to get residents back to Storm Mountain and The Retreat if they need to winterize their homes or grab items, it's not quite safe enough for them to stay there.

Staff with Rocky Mountain National Park will assess the damage to buildings inside the park, he said.

The snow has allowed for some evacuations to be downgraded or lifted. However, that doesn't mean every resident can return to their homes just yet.

Go here for the latest evacuation and closure updates from Larimer County officials. Or view the map here: