A large air tanker drops fire retardant behind the Colorado State University Mountain Campus. Photo from InciWeb.

A large air tanker drops fire retardant behind the Colorado State University Mountain Campus. Photo from InciWeb.

UPDATE [2:37 PM]: More mandatory evacuations were put in place as a result of the Cameron Peak Fire on Wednesday afternoon including Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Masonville, Horsetooth Mountain Park/Overhill Drive/Milner Mountain.

One of the largest wildfires in state history, the Cameron Peak Fire has continued to grow in Colorado. The fire has now reached a size of 135,556 acres, prompting additional mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Current containment is at 56 percent.

New mandatory evacuations include the communities of Glen Haven, Glen Haven Retreat, Storm Mountain, and Palisade Mountain. This joins a number of other mandatory evacuations that have already been put in place. See an up-to-date map of the evacuations here.

Multiple closures are also in place in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, as well as Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park closures include a number of trails and cross-country zones. One major closure is the Chapin Pass Trailhead and a number of trails that start at this location. See a full list of Rocky Mountain National Park closures here.

Strong winds are expected to blow in the area of Cameron Peak Fire on Wednesday, with some winds around Colorado expected to hit 80 miles per hour. Read more here.

With this growth, the Cameron Peak Fire approaches Colorado's second-largest in-state fire, Hayman Fire, which burnt 137,760 acres in 2002. Pine Gulch Fire burnt 139,007 acres in 2020 and the still-active Mullen Fire has burnt 176,047 acres, though most of the impacted area is located in Wyoming.

The map below shows the current area of the Cameron Peak Fire.

Map Credit: InciWeb

Map Credit: InciWeb

For the most up-to-date information on this fire, visit InciWeb or the Cameron Peak Fire Facebook page.

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