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Hot, dry weather this weekend expected to push Cameron Peak Fire growth

The fire in western Larimer County has charred 23,903 acres after its activity intensified Thursday under Red Flag Warning conditions.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Red Flag Warning conditions on Thursday pushed growth of the Cameron Peak Fire, which by Friday morning had burned 23,903 acres. Containment remained at 6%.

Dry, warm conditions were expected to continue through the weekend and contribute to active fire behavior, according to fire officials. On Saturday, humidity was expected to drop as low as the single digits.

Visitors to the area over Labor Day weekend should expect to see considerable smoke from unburned fuels, fire officials said.

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On Thursday, the fire was active on Green Ridge in the Highway 14 corridor, along Peterson Lake on Long Draw Road, and on the northwestern perimeter of the fire in the Rawah Wilderness. Crews continued small burnout operations as part of structure protection.

Full 9NEWS coverage of wildfires in Colorado can be found here.

On Sunday, Aug. 30, Larimer County lifted the voluntary evacuation orders near the fire, but mandatory evacuation orders remain in place. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have implemented a large closure area around the fire.

The Cameron Peak Fire has forced the closure of Colorado Highway 14 from Kelly Flats to Gould. There is also heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area.

There were 840 personnel fighting the Cameron Peak Fire as of Friday, Sept. 4.

The cause of the wildfire, which began Aug. 13 in western Larimer County, remains under investigation.

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Credit: Karen Christensen
Cameron Peak Fire seen from Lake Dillon

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