Crews report progress as Cameron Peak Fire now covers over 13,300 acres |

Crews report progress as Cameron Peak Fire now covers over 13,300 acres

Sky-Hi News staff report
A plume of smoke can be seen from the Cameron Peak wildfire burning near Chambers Lake when it broke out Aug. 13.
Courtesy Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

The Cameron Peak Fire in Jackson and Larimer counties north of Grand County has reached 13,305 acres in size.

The good news is no structures or facilities have been damaged, and the US Forest Service reported Monday that crews had made good progress on preparing areas around structures that could be caught in the fire’s path.

The Forest Service also sees several more days of work ahead removing fuels and placing hoses, pumps and sprinklers, according to its Monday update.

With favorable conditions, the Forest Service explained that additional burnout operations could be conducted on the north side of Highway 14 to keep pace with a finger of fire pushing to the southwest. Crews are also continuing to remove fuels along roads west of Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes.

According to the Forest Service, the distance of preparations efforts from the existing fire front allows time for crews to complete their work before the fire reaches the area. Once complete, the preparations will allow for burnout operations to the west before the fire advances toward those communities.

However, fuels and terrain between planned containment lines and the fire are too hazardous for firefighters to work.

Additionally, Colorado Highway 14 is closed from Rustic to Gould. There is heavy fire traffic through the Poudre Canyon as crews access the fire area. Larimer County has implemented mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders around the fire area, and a forest closure remains in effect.

The forest has also elevated fire restrictions to Stage 2.

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