Emergency crews continue working to contain several large wildfires burning across Colorado, US, as of Nov. 1. Forecast models indicate that cooler conditions are likely in Colorado, which would reduce the wildfire risk.
As of Nov. 1, the following large wildfires continue to cause evacuations and transport disruptions:
Cameron Peak Fire
The Cameron Peak Fire has been burning since Aug. 13 in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Larimer County. The fire edge is located approximately 15 km (10 miles) west of Fort Collins. As of Oct. Nov. 1, the blaze is approximately 84,442 hectares (208,663 acres) in size and is 64-percent contained. At least 1,433 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Authorities have provided an estimated containment date of Nov. 8; however, uncertainty remains, and conditions can change rapidly, which would prevent containment. Several mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing.
For more info, visit: Larimer County, Colorado Emergency Alerts (NOCO)
The Calwood Fire is currently impacting Boulder County, Colorado. The center of the fire is located approximately 8 km (5 miles) northwest of Boulder, just north of Jamestown. As of Nov. 1, the fire was approximately 4,089 hectares (10,106 acres) in size and 76-percent contained. So far, at least 26 structures have been damaged or destroyed. At least 374 personnel are reportedly on-site battling the blaze. Authorities have provided an estimated containment date of Nov. 9; however, uncertainty remains, and conditions can change rapidly, which would prevent containment. Several evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing.
For more info, visit the Boulder Emergency Operations Center Public Information Map
East Troublesome Fire
The East Troublesome Fire is currently impacting Grand and Larimer Counties, Colorado, and is located 63 km (40 miles) northwest of Boulder. As of Nov. 1, the fire complex was approximately 78,417 hectares (193,774 acres) in size and 37-percent contained. Authorities have provided an estimated containment date of Nov. 10; however, uncertainty remains, and conditions can change rapidly, which would prevent containment. At least 473 personnel are currently on-site battling the blaze. Some evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing.
For more info, visit the East Troublesome Fire Incident Information Center
Depending on the progression of the wildfire, the status of nearby roads could change over the coming hours and days. Authorities could close additional routes within the wildfire complex and expand mandatory evacuation orders or voluntary evacuations due to fire activity and the needs of response operators. 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. 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.
For more information, please visit the following US Wildfires Risk Intelligence and Resource Centers:
Stay up-to-date with Colorado wildfire intelligence alerts.