Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County grows to 15,738 acres with zero containment

The Cameron Peak fire near Red Feather Lakes in Larimer County grew to 15,738 acres — nearly 25 square miles — and remains 0% contained Wednesday.

The southern edge of the fire gave crews issues Tuesday, with swirling winds preventing helicopters from being used, operations section chief Paul Hohn said Wednesday morning in a Facebook briefing.

“The way that a conifer fire spreads makes it very difficult, even with a highway and river and other features,” Hohn said. “When it spots, because of how high it can loft the embers, we can get fire in places where we don’t want it.”

Fire crews on Wednesday will continue to work on structure protection on the northern edge of the fire, including in the Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lake communities, Hohn said.

The fire started Aug. 13 and its cause remains under investigation.

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