Firefighters doubled containment of a massive blaze that's already destroyed more than 50 structures on Colorado's Front Range.
"I'll start with the good news first," Cory Carlson, planning operations trainee, said on Wednesday afternoon. "We were able to double containment. That's looking really good. We're at 8% containment."
The Cameron Peak Fire has grown to 102,596 acres in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests since flaring up on August 13th. It is located 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes.
A total of 25 homes have been destroyed by the blaze, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. The blaze has also burnt area within Rocky Mountain National Park.
According to the official release, firefighters gained more control over the fire in the last 24 hours by establishing containment just south of Highway 14 from east of Glen Echo and west of the Pingree Park Road. Containment efforts are set to continue along Highway 14, Pingree Park Road, Long Draw Road, and the Buckhorn Road to Comanche Reservoir.
Increased wildfire activity is “expected" over the next several days due to a combination of factors including drying fuels, warm temperatures, and low humidity.
Firefighters will continue to conduct structure protection in the Crystal Lakes, Red Feather, and Glacier View subdivisions.
While increased containment brings good news for the thousands of firefighters battling the large blaze, a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases has been linked back to these efforts, according to a report from the Denver Gazette.