Cameron Peak Fire grows about 1,000 acres, still 42% contained

cameron peak fire sept 5 2020
Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 06, 2020

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The Cameron Peak Fire in western Larimer County saw only minimal growth Monday while contained held steady at 42%, officials said in a Tuesday morning update.

Containment lines held on the fire Monday, despite Red Flag conditions of warm and windy weather.

Mandatory evacuations were still in place for Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View. Go here for a full list of Larimer County evacuations and road closures.

The fire was at 127,398 acres, up about 1,000 acres from Monday's estimate. One of the most active sections of the fire Monday was along Highway 14 where "large islands of unburned fuel remained," officials said in a news release.

Large air tankers and helicopters worked Monday to help contain the fire above Comanche Reservoir.

On Tuesday, crews planned to secure and hold containment lines. Winds were expected to be as gusty Tuesday but the fire area remains critically dry, officials said.

Highs were expected to be 65-70 degrees with low humidity.

The fire, now the third-largest in Colorado recorded history, started in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake Aug. 13. Its cause is under investigation.

A statewide open fire ban is in effect for all of Colorado through Oct. 7.