UPDATE: The Cameron Peak Fire Has Burned Over 10,000 Acres
Northern Colorado continues to experience falling ash and smoky conditions as the Cameron Peak Fire rages in the Roosevelt National Forest.
As of 9:00 a.m. on August 16, the fire had reached 10,867 acres burned with 108 personnel working hard to contain it. As of Saturday morning, The Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team took control of managing the fire, noting that the initial cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
In a Facebook Live broadcast with local officials, teams described why the fire was so difficult to contain, nothing the terrain and unfavorable weather.
Weather has been "exceptionally dry", according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, and because of this, the fire is expected to cover even more ground over the next few days. Coloradans are hoping for rainfall, which should occur on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The fire is located 60 miles west of Fort Collins and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes. Residents of Larimer County are encouraged to drive as little as possible and spend as much time indoors as they can.
To watch the full Facebook Live update, see the below. The team will be providing another Facebook Live update tonight, August 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 2 Blue Team Live Community Meeting 8/15/2020