Crews continue to work 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. 20, the blaze was approximately 80,939 hectares (205,005 acres) in size and was 51-percent contained. Approximately 1,591 firefighters are on-site battling the blaze. Authorities estimate that the fire will be contained Nov. 8; however, hot, dry, and windy conditions may hamper firefighting efforts over the coming days. Additional wildfire growth is likely. Authorities with the National Weather Service (NWS) have issued a red flag warning (increased risk of fire danger) across north-central Colorado through at least early Oct. 22.

Several mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing. Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders or voluntary evacuations depending on evolving wildfire conditions.

For more info, visit: Larimer County, Colorado Emergency Alerts (NOCO)

Several routes in the area are impacted. 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 response operations needs. 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.

For more info, visit: Larimer County Road Closures

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.

Resources

Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control