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. 17, the blaze was approximately 70,227 hectares (173,536 acres) in size and 57-percent contained. Approximately 1,119 firefighters are involved in operations. Authorities estimate that the fire will be contained Nov. 8. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued an elevated level fire risk for parts of central Colorado Oct. 17 through early Oct. 18.
Several mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders and transport disruptions are ongoing and can be found here. Since Oct. 16, officials have issued new mandatory evacuations for the following areas:
- Highway 34 from the Dam Store to just west of Soul Shine Road.
- Pinewood Reservoir to Flatiron Reservoir.
- County Road 29 to the west side of County Road 27 north of Highway 34.
Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders or voluntary evacuations depending on evolving wildfire conditions.
Several routes in the area are impacted. Road closure information is available here. 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.
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.