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Cameron Peak Fire grows to 18,287 acres in northern Colorado

The fire is burning near Chambers Lake in national forest land west of Fort Collins, Colo.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The Cameron Peak Fire burning in western Larimer County has consumed 18,287 acres as of Sunday morning and is 0% contained.

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Posted by Cameron Peak Fire on Saturday, August 22, 2020

A small amount of rain fell over the fire temporarily lessening fire activity on Wednesday.

The rain from Wednesday lessened activity on the north and east sides of the fire Thursday as well, due to the relative humidity being higher, according to the incident meteorologist of the Rocky Mountain Blue Team.

Fire officials said Thursday that most of Wednesday’s fire spread occurred on the south and west sides of the fire area. In the Rawah Wilderness, the fire burned into timberline, a natural barrier that is expected to limit further growth in that direction.

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Parts of Rocky Mountain National Park are now closed as firefighters move in to protect, according to a video announcement shared Tuesday.

Additional closures were made Thursday in the Canyon Lakes District, including the Buckhorn Corridor. Fire officials said the closure is for safety purposes in the case of an evacuation rather than the fire's behavior. All of the closures can be found on their website.

The Cameron Peak Fire is burning in an area about 60 miles west of Fort Collins. The cause of the fire is being investigated but is believed to be human-caused.

The fire started Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake, 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes.

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Credit: Karen Christensen
Cameron Peak Fire seen from Lake Dillon

Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould, as of Thursday, Aug. 20. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area.

A portion of the Roosevelt National Forest is closed, including all National Forest System lands west of County Roads 69 and 63E, east of the Colorado State Forest, south of County Road 80 C and north of Rocky Mountain Park.

The closure had impacts on numerous recreation sites, including many trails and trailheads. A number of boating and fishing sites were closed, including Chambers Lake. Picnic sites closed include Bellaire Lake, Bennett Creek, Cameron Pass, Chambers Lake, Fish Creek and Tunnel.

Campgrounds closed include:

  • Aspen Glen
  • Bellaire Lake
  • Big Bend
  • Big South
  • Browns Park
  • Chambers Lake
  • Grandview
  • Jacks Gulch
  • Long Draw
  • North Fork
  • Sleeping Elephant
  • Tom Bennett
  • Tunnel

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