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Cameron Peak’s fire exceeded 200,000 acres after strong winds caused a significant increase in fires on Friday and Saturday, claiming more homes when it swelled.
But the winds died down on Saturday night, and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said he expected Sunday “to be a day of offensive fires.”
Here are the latest updates from Sunday:
Cameron Peak Fire Size: Forest fire already over 200,000 acres
Now it’s Cameron Peak’s fire 203 253 decares and Contains 62%, according to the InciWeb incident command site.
That’s nearly 3,900 acres larger than the measurements shared by the command of the incident on Saturday night.
– Sarah Kyle
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith: More Homes Claimed Under Cameron Peak Fire’s Last Pressure
More homes were lost in the latest pressure from Cameron Peak Fire over the weekend, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a Facebook post Sunday morning describing firefighting efforts as the fire rose to nearly 200,000 acres on Friday. and Saturday.
Smith, who said he spent Friday night with firefighters at the southern end of the fire, confirmed that “the fire engulfed some homes overnight (Friday) and Saturday during the day” at The Retreat in Glen Haven.
Smith did not say how many homes were lost in the area, but said “fortunately (the fire) did not run through the unit.”
He said air resources were able to help firefighters in the area after the winds subsided on Saturday.
“I also witnessed the arrival of portables, hoses and sprayers to help protect the structure in this neighborhood, if necessary,” Smith wrote. “When I got off Estes, I also met a convoy of trucks bringing the equipment to create a fire base in Estes Park for the heavy helicopters operating in Glen Haven.”
Homes were also burned on the upper Otter Road and in the western part of the upper Redstone Canyon after the wind caused a point fire east of Larimer County Road 27 to rise “significantly” on Friday.
The rise of this spot fire is what caused the re-execution of evacuation orders in Rist Canyon, “because the leaders of Redstone Canyon right in the upper Rist Canyon,” Smith wrote.
Speaking to Poudre Fire Chief Tom DeMint, Smith said engines and hand crews were actively involved in the blaze on Saturday, and Poudre fire crews were also patrolling east of the scene to make sure no they can also be seen settling further east. “
Smith said he also “heard about the loss of a home in the western part of Storm Mountain, but I don’t have a solid forecast to share at the moment.”
The evacuation of the neighborhood west of the devil’s spine was caused by the fire, which reached the post office in Masonville and through Larimer County Road 27, Smith writes.
“The good news is that after the fire hit the area, it arrived in a much more friendly area for firefighters,” Smith said, adding that crews were able to stop the fire there.
After a Calwood fire sparked in northern Boulder County, some Cameron Peak fire crews working in the northern areas of the fire were reassigned to help with the CalWood fire, “because we realized how devastating the fire was,” it said. Smith. As of Saturday night, the fire was just over 7,000 acres.
Smith said he had agreed with Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pele to ensure that residents of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park would have a safe evacuation route if needed.
“Does all this sound a little crazy? It was,” Smith wrote.
“With that said, the winds subsided at about 6pm, as predicted, and things settled down around sunset. Today is a new day and I expect it to be a day of offensive firefighting.”
Of the measurements shared on Saturday night, Cameron Peak’s fire was 199,356 acres and contained 62%.
– Sarah Kyle
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