Wildfire: Officials working to contain the Cameron Peak Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., US, as of Sept. 11. Evacuations and disruptions ongoing.
- Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 03:13 PM UTC
- Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Wildfire
- Location(s): Larimer County, Colo. (map)
- Start Time/Date: Aug. 13
- Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages
Crews are working to contain a wildfire known as the Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County, Colorado, as of Sept. 11. The fire edge is located approximately 15 km (10 miles) west of Fort Collins and has been burning since Aug. 13. As of Sept. 11, the blaze was approximately 41,519 hectares (102,596 acres) in size and four-percent contained. The fire is threatening several structures. More than 1,200 personnel are on-site battling the blaze. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date. Forecast models indicate that hot conditions will return over the coming days following a recent cold spell, which may hamper containment efforts.
Authorities in Larimer County have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in the following locations:
- County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to County Road 27
- Pingree Park Road from Highway 14 south to the housing district east of the CSU Mountain Campus
- Highway 14 from Kelly Flats to Stove Prairie Landing
- Highway 14 from the Fish Hatchery east to Kelly Flats
- Manhattan Road and Shambhala Center areas
- South of County Road 86 (Deadman Road) from County Road 103 east to County Road 73C and south to Highway 14
- Intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 103 north to Four Corners, including the areas around Chambers Lake
- Long Draw Road and Long Draw Reservoir
Voluntary evacuations are in place in the following locations:
- Glen Haven Retreat
- Glen Haven
- Storm Mountain
- Four Corners area of Laramie River Road (County Road 103)
- Crystal Lakes
- Red Feather Lakes
- Lady Moon
- Red Feather Highlands
- Shambhala Center
- All Glacier View filings
- Area south of Highway 14 on County Road 27 from Stove Prairie Landing south to County Road 44H, including Stratton Park
An emergency shelters for displaced residents is located at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte. Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders or evacuation warnings depending on evolving wildfire conditions.
The wildfire has caused some localized transport disruptions and road closures across the affected area, including:
- Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve
- Colorado River Trailhead
- Old Fall River Road
- Highway 14
Anticipate the status of nearby roads to change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close routes within the wildfire complex and evacuated communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours will cause increased congestion and delays. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents in a “go-bag” - that can be easily accessed. Charge battery-powered devices in the case of prolonged power outages.