Wildfire: Officials working to contain the Cameron Peak Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., US, as of Sept. 9. Evacuations and disruptions ongoing.
- Alert Begins 09 Sep 2020 01:21 PM UTC
- Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Wildfire
- Location(s): Larimer County, Colo., US (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. 9. The fire edge is located approximately 15 km (10 miles) west of Fort Collins and has been burning since Aug. 13. As of Sept. 9, the blaze was approximately 41,519 hectares (102,596 acres) in size and four-percent contained. The fire is threatening several structures. More than 840 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:
- Lady Moon
- Red Feather Highlands
- Red Feather Lakes
- Crystal Lakes
- County Road 27 to Big Bear Road
- Rist Canyon Road
- Highway 14 from Gateway to Stove Prairie Park
- South of Deadman Road to Highway 14 to the junction of 103 Road and 190 Road south
- Portions of the Rawah Wilderness and Neota Wilderness
- Road 156
Voluntary evacuations are in place in the following locations:
- Glen Haven
- Storm Mountain
- County Road 27 to Masonville
- Buckskin Heights
- Laramie River Road from the junction of Laramie River Road and 190 Road north
Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions.
The wildfire has caused some localized transport disruptions in the affected area, including the closure of 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.