Another major wildfire is now burning in Colorado about 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes near Cameron Pass. According to an emergency alert, there is "immediate and imminent danger" due to the blaze.
The Cameron Peak Fire has already burnt thousands of acres in the Roosevelt National Forest just west of Fort Collins, prompting mandatory evacuations orders and several other closures including on roads, campgrounds, and trails in the area. The rapidly-growing blaze spread to 2,180 acres by Friday afternoon as elevated fire-weather conditions continue to raise concern for firefighters, helicopters, and additional resources on scene.
According to InciWeb, the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
#CameronPeakFire now appx. 2,180 acres - flying the fire to get better size up. Firefighters are being assisted by several helicopters and preparing for arrival of additional resources. Hwy 14 closed from Rustic >Gould. Evacuation and road closure info https://t.co/CyWc0BIWaY— Canyon Lakes Ranger RD (@usfsclrd) August 14, 2020
The rapid spread of the blaze prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuations for some local residents and businesses including areas from the intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 103 north to "Four Corners". Areas surrounding Chambers Lake have also been asked to evacuate immediately.
Colorado Highway 14 remains closed from Rustic to Gould. According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), residents within the roadblocks are not in the mandatory evacuation area and may access their property by showing proof of address.
#CameronPeakFire - If you live inside the roadblocks (Hwy 14 - Gould to Rustic) and are not in mandatory evac, you may access your property. Go to roadblock and show proof of address. We'll determine if it is safe. Interactive maps of evac areas at https://t.co/29yOmAPTWw— Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) August 14, 2020
The erratic blaze is also impacting campers and hikers, with a closure at the Crags Campground, American Lakes, Lake Agnes and Michigan Ditch trails. State Forest State Park is also inaccessible from the east side of Colorado Highway 14 due to active roadblocks. As of 11:15 a.m., officials say that park is not currently threatened by the blaze.
ACCESS ALERT: State Forest State Park is not accessible from the east side via Hwy 14 due to #CameronPeakFire. Crags campground, American Lakes, Lake Agnes, and Michigan Ditch all CLOSED due to road closures. The fire is NOT a threat to park itself. pic.twitter.com/HlrvRmDRCB— CPW NW Region (@CPW_NW) August 14, 2020
The LCSO is asking the public to avoid the Crown Point area, Long Draw area, areas west of Red Feather and south of Deadman, and the southern end of the Laramie River Valley due to wildfire activity.
Two other major wildfires are raging across the state right now, with little-to-no containment. Here's a look at some of the details.
Grizzly Creek Fire: 13,441 acres, 0% containment
Pine Gulch Fire: 73,381 acres, 7% containment
The Pine Gulch Fire has now grown to the fifth-largest wildfire recorded in state history. Read more about the blaze here.