Photo Credit: Cameron Peak Fire (Facebook information page).

Photo Credit: Cameron Peak Fire (Facebook information page).

According to the latest update from officials, the Cameron Peak Fire has grown to 131,231 acres after a hot and dry Thursday. The is an increase from 129,055 acres that was reported the previous day.

During this period of rapid growth, the blaze located two miles from Red Feather Lakes and inside of Rocky Mountain National Park exhibited "extreme behavior" as it moved eastward from the area above Comanche Reservoir.

With the fire at 44 percent containment, it remained very active overnight and into Friday as low humidity in the area continues to persist. Fire activity is expected to increase Friday afternoon with smoke expected to push south as a result.

As the Cameron Peak Fire grows, it approaches the largest wildfires in state history. Pine Gulch Fire – the blaze that's consumed the most Colorado acreage ever – reached 139,007 acres in 2020 and the Hayman Fire reached 137,760 acres in 2002. The Mullen Fire is also actively burning on the Colorado-Wyoming state line and is 170,996 acres large, though just 21,000 acres of the blaze are in Colorado.

The map below shows the location of the blaze:

Map Credit: Northwest Incident Management Team.

Map Credit: Northwest Incident Management Team.

Find additional updates on the Cameron Peak Wildfire here.

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