Cameron Peak Fire officials provide a morning update Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on the fire in the upper Poudre Canyon that began Aug. 13.
Fort Collins Coloradoan
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This fire just won’t die.
Now into its second month of burning the mountains west of Fort Collins, the Cameron Peak Fire flared again Wednesday, sending a massive column of smoke above Colorado’s north Front Range.
The fire, listed at 135,556 acres early Wednesday and certainly growing from that figure, shot east of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus into the mountainous area northwest of Glen Haven. By noon, firefighters reported that the fire was “well established” atop the 11,000-foot Signal Mountain.
By 2:30 p.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office had made its fifth mandatory evacuation order in the last 24 hours, ordering people out of Horsetooth Mountain Park, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Masonville, Overhill Drive, and all of Rist Canyon including Stratton Park.
Shortly after 3 p.m., a voluntary evacuation of Lory State Park west of Fort Collins was called.
Firefighters relocated resources to Stove Prairie Road (Larimer County Road 27) midday Wednesday, and by 2:30 p.m. many firefighters were watching, waiting and planning from Stove Prairie Elementary School as the blaze continued its eastward push.
Firefighters also flew over the fire to map it Wednesday afternoon, but acknowledged that even updated mapping would not reflect the extent of the fire’s r eastward advance.
Farther south, the Big Thompson Canyon communities of Drake and Glen Haven were placed on evacuation orders, bringing the impact of fire-related closures to Loveland’s western doorstep.
Earlier Wednesday, overnight wind gusts of up to 60 mph over the fire prompted mandatory evacuations east to Masonville as fire crews clear people from the foothills immediately west of Fort Collins.
Masonville is located about 33 miles southeast of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus, where firefighters are in a battle to save structures. Masonville is located 15 miles southwest of Fort Collins.
Cameron Peak Fire evacuation update
Other evacuation orders issued overnight Tuesday into Wednesday:
- 8 p.m. Tuesday: Mandatory evacuation for Larimer County Road 44H from Pennock Pass to Larimer County Road 27.
- 3:30 a.m. Wednesday: Mandatory evacuation order for Buckhorn Road (Larimer County Road 27) from Larimer County Road 44H south to Masonville.
- 8:48 a.m. Wednesday: Upgraded from voluntary to mandatory the evacuation order for Glen Haven, Glen Haven Retreat, Storm Mountain, Palisade Mountain and Larirmer County Road 43 from Streamside to Storm Mountain Road.
- 9 a.m. Wednesday: Mandatory evacuations for Otter Road (Buckskin Heights) and Larimer County Road 52E from Larimer County Road 27 east to include Larimer County Road 41 and Stratton Park.
- 2:08 p.m. Wednesday: Upgraded from voluntary to mandatory the evacuation of Redstone…