Alert Details

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location(s): Larimer County, Colo. (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Aug. 13
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

Summary

As of Oct. 10, crews continue 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 Oct. 10, the blaze was approximately 54,180 hectares (133,884 acres) in size and 44-percent contained. The fire is threatening several structures. More than 913 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 nearby roads' status 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. The return of residents could disrupt traffic flows 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 an easily accessible "go-bag." 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.