Cameron Peak Fire grew again over the weekend resulting in firefighters being forced to retreat when the blaze spread northeast past the "Killpecker" line. The growth of the blaze through the rough terrain was driven by wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and ample dry fuels. Spotting occurred roughly one-half mile ahead of the fire.
This prompted air tankers and heavy helicopters to attack the head of the fire as additional resources were ordered. A surge force of 15 firetrucks is expected to arrive on Monday.
After the growth, the fire reached 104,157 acres, bringing it approximately seven miles from the town of Red Feather Lakes. Though Colorado's 5th largest recorded fire now, this growth brings it closer to passing the 2018 Spring Creek Fire at 108,045 acres.
The Cameron Peak Fire is now burning in flatter terrain, giving firefighters more options and a better chance of direct engagement. Northern, southern, western, and southwestern parts of the wildfire are expected to remain the least active. At last report, 779 personnel were working on stopping the blaze.
Two additional mandatory evacuation orders were put in place for Red Feather and Crustal Lakes. Find the most up-to-date information about specific evacuation details here.
Here's a look at the wildfire, posted by officials on September 21.
Find more information about the Cameron Peak fire here.