Cameron Peak hearth now 56% contained because the northern edge is secured


Firefighters on the Cameron Peak hearth have been working tirelessly on containment traces alongside the northern facet of the large blaze and complete containment is now at 56% as the hearth approaches turning into the second largest in state historical past.
Securing the northern fringe of the hearth has lengthy been a spotlight of firefighters and up to date beneficial properties got here as firefighters battled sturdy, gusty winds and unseasonably heat, dry climate.
“Whereas your entire northern fringe of the hearth is now in containment, crews will proceed to patrol and monitor the realm,” hearth officers stated in a Tuesday replace. “Firefighters close to Comanche and Hourglass Reservoirs confronted challenges as a result of excessive winds.”
There was “little progress” of the hearth perimeter on Monday, though there was a “wind-driven run to the east,” firefighters stated.
On Monday afternoon the Larimer County Sheriff’s Workplace lifted the voluntary evacuation standing for the Glacier View space.
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Containment of the hearth jumped from 47% on Monday to 56% Tuesday. The hearth has burned 134,960 acres, nearly 211 sq. miles, and it’s at the moment the third largest hearth in state historical past behind the 2002 Hayman hearth, which burned 137,760 acres.
Firefighters are bracing for extra wind on Tuesday and a Crimson Flag Warning for vital hearth climate has been posted by the Nationwide Climate Service for widespread components of Colorado together with the Cameron Peak hearth space. “A mix of sturdy winds…low relative humidity…and heat temperatures can contribute to excessive hearth conduct,” the climate service stated.
Tuesday’s climate forecast consists of excessive clouds with excessive temperatures within the space topping out within the mid-50s and the relative humidity at about 20%, climate officers stated. Southwest winds will kick as much as the 15-25 mph vary this night.
Firefighters on Tuesday proceed construction safety enhancements in Monument Gulch and alongside Buckhorn Street. About 850 firefighters proceed to work on the hearth, which began on Aug.13 about 15 miles southwest of Crimson Feather Lakes.


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