Terrain Satellite
Cameron Peak
19 mi
ENE of Rand, CO
Last Updated:
1 hour, 1 min ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:48 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 hours, 45 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Cameron Peak Fire

The Southern Area Gold Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Cameron Peak Fire on November 22nd at 6:00 pm.

The Cameron Peak fire ignited on August 13 on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. The East Thompson Zone Fire started on October 22 when the East Troublesome Fire spotted across the Continental Divide and became established in Rocky Mountain National Park between the Divide and Estes Park.  The fires burned in heavy timber stands over rugged terrain. High winds combined with critically dry fuels drove fire growth. Cooler temperatures and widespread snow over the area has been dampening fire activity.

There are no evacuations in place at this time.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Thursday August 13th, 2020 approx. 01:48 PM
15 miles SW of Red Feather Lakes, CO
Incident Commander:
Southern Area Gold Type 2 Incident Management Team -
Charlie Patterson
40.609, -105.879

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Sunday November 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter

High elevation mixed conifer with moderate dead and down fuel loading, along with a high percentage of beetle-killed lodge pole.

Lower elevation grass fuels are dry in areas that lack snow cover. ERC values for this area are starting to drop.
Significant Events:

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Across the entire fire area: Continue suppression repair, as conditions allow, and backhaul equipment where access is feasible. Monitor current uncontroled line.
Projected Incident Activity:
The weather pattern that is established will help add moisture to dead fuel.
In areas that continue to have snow cover the 1 and 10 hour fuels are not available to burn.

24 hours: Warming conditions will elevate fire weather. In areas that continue to have snow cover the 1 and 10 hour fuels are not available to burn.

48 hours: Warming conditions will elevate fire weather. In areas that continue to have snow cover the 1 and 10 hour fuels are not available to burn.

72 hours: As the weather pattern changes, fuels in areas above 8000 feet that are not covered by snow will potentially be covered with light snowfall which will increase fuel moisture reducing
availability for fire spread.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
As forecasted weather conditions
Cameron Peak acreage is 208,913 acres (estimated from MMA flight at 1248 on 11/6/2020). Containment is approximately 92%.

The Canyon Lakes and Pawnee Ranger Districts of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests, Pawnee National Grassland, have many closures. USFS closure information can be found at https://www.fs.usdas.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD826559

Portions of County Rd (CR) 86 are currently closed for suppression repair activities. Additional information can be found here: https://www.larmier.org/roads/closures

#45 data base clean up within the eIsuite has reduced cost today.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A moist cold front passed across the burn area last night bringing
cold temperatures to the area and snow. About 2-3 inches fell across
the fire, with localized areas receiving more. Glen Haven area
received upwards of 3 inches. As the main period of snowfall was
2300 last night to 0500 this morning, great recoveries were realized
with 90-100% humidity noted across the fire. Today as the skies
have cleared, humidity has stayed higher, only getting down to
75-90%. Cold temperatures, 25-35 degrees have persisted over the
last 12 hours; paired with light terrain-driven winds, wind chills
have stayed near 20 degrees. Increasing winds tonight in the wake
of last night's front after midnight, gusting up to 50 mph at times
and remaining elevated tomorrow under a drier air mass with low
humidities. Another chance for light precip Thursday, though should
be a drier system. Going into a drier and windier pattern this
weekend and next week.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public Information Line
Email: 2020.cameronpeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 970-541-1008
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526