Warning Alert

Wildfire: Officials working to contain the Cameron Peak Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., US, as of early Sept. 20. Evacuations and disruptions ongoing.

  • Alert Begins 20 Sep 2020 04:41 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires 01 Oct 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

 

Summary

 

As of Sept. 20, crews are working to contain a wildfire known as the Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County, Colorado. The fire edge is located approximately 15 km (10 miles) west of Fort Collins and has been burning since Aug. 13. As of early Sept. 20, the blaze was approximately 41,519 hectares (102,596 acres) in size and 15-percent contained. The fire is threatening several structures. More than 861 personnel are on-site battling the blaze. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date. Forecast models indicate that hot and dry conditions will continue over the coming days, which may hamper containment efforts and allow for additional wildfire growth.

Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here. An emergency shelter for displaced residents is located at Cache La Poudre Middle School in Laporte. Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders or voluntary evacuations depending on evolving wildfire conditions. 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.

 

Advice

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. 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.

Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses may be more susceptible to the negative effects of smoke inhalation. Eye irritation is possible; flush irritated eyes with copious amounts of clean water.