Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Cameron Peak Fire Now Largest Ever in Larimer County

 It's 1730 local time here, and the current weather conditions are 33*, 94%RH, Barometer 30.414 and steady, winds from the East at 1MPH, gusting to 12MPH.

And it just started snowing again. We've received about .6" of rain, along with several inches of snow, now mostly melted. NWS is forecasting any where from 3" to 7" overnight, but I don't think we'll get that much, and it won't stick around for long.

The Cameron peak fire has grown to 103,000 acres (160 sqmi), and is now the largest ever recorded fire in Larimer county. It's all rugged terrain, mostly inaccessible by roads. 

Here's the current burn area/evac areas. The map is from NOCOALERT, and is regularly updated.

This is a shot of the fire from Estes Park, famous for the Stanley Hotel:

The Fire Departments have said the rain and snow will slow the fire down for a few days, but won't stop it.

Channel 9 News has some very good coverage, and links.

Stay safe out there!


  1. Walking the dog today was easier. I attribute that to not breathing smoke.

    What is on fire now will burn out but this moisture should reduced fuel and slow/stop expansion.

    1. I haven't heard how much snow/rain they actually received, but the relevant authorities are saying it could burn another month, stretching in to October. I sure hope not!

  2. And we used to think that the Arizona people should have been more careful with their burnables.

    1. They don't know how this one started yet. Or at least they're not saying. The other two fires on the other side of the Rockies were caused by lightning.

  3. That isn't any fun; we had similar conditions about a year ago. This year we've been very, very lucky. Stay safe, my friend.

    1. We're safe here, and the fire area received 8"~14" of snow.

      It hasn't put the fire out, but it really slowed down the expansion.


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