Now the largest wildfire in Colorado state history, the Cameron Peak Fire has reached 164,140 acres as of Thursday morning – significantly larger than the 158,300-acre size that was reported on Wednesday night when it was announced that the blaze pushed past Pine Gulch Fire (139,007 acres; 2020) and Hayman Fire (137,760 acres; 2002) in total acreage burnt. Containment remains at 56 percent.
The rapid growth of the blaze has prompted a number of closures and evacuations, including but not limited to the evacuation of Lory State Park, Redstone Canyon, and Stove Prairie. Horsetooth Mountain Park has also been closed.
Other closures are in place at Rocky Mountain National Park and in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests due to the blaze. A number of towns and communities in the area have also been evacuated. Find a map of evacuated areas here.
The Cameron Peak Fire has also shut down multiple roads in the area, including a 69-mile stretch of Colorado 14 from mile marker 36 to mile marker 105. Colorado 9 is also closed from mile marker 0 to mile marker 9. See up-to-date information on closures here.
Spot fires have been problematic during the fight against this massive blaze, though firefighters have seen some success in fighting them. In one instance, firefighters had to engage a 6-acre spot fire at Bel Air Lake, which they were able to suppress.
See a map of the fire below. Note the dark black line around the edge of the blaze that indicates where containment has been established: