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US 'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires continue to rage in Colorado

07:05  20 october  2020
07:05  20 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Cameron Peak Fire continued to burn across northern Colorado on October 15, after scorching 164,140 acres, prompting road closures and evacuations, and officially becoming the largest known wildfire in the history of the state . This footage was recorded by Henry Reges from Loveland

The Cameron Peak wildfire raging in Colorado surpassed 200,000 acres over the weekend. The fire is now the largest in Colorado history, according to a report published Sunday by the Denver Post. As of Monday, the wildfire was 62% contained, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group reported.

Colorado crews scrambled Monday to gain ground against two blazes — including the largest in state history — as this year's historic wildfire season imparted more heartbreak and hardships on the West.

The Cameron Peak Fire, which has torched more than 204,400 acres through the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake in  Larimer County, was 51% contained as of Monday evening. Gusty winds and dry conditions have fueled the growth of the fire, which ignited in August, according to the the U.S. Forest Service said.

Cloudy conditions and poor visibility kept fire aircraft grounded into Monday afternoon before winds calmed to allow for aerial support for ground crews, fire officials said.

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The Cameron Peak Fire burning near Fort Collins, in the northeast part of the state has burned 203 Heavy Smoke and flames rise from the Cameron Peak fire as the fire continues to burn in Larimer Firefighters responded to and quickly contained 23 new wildfires Saturday while continuing to battle

Smoke Cloud Helps Keep Cameron Peak Fire From Growing SignificantlyThe shadow from smoke coming from the Mullen Fire helped keep the Smoke is also expected to drain northward along the Laramie River to the Wyoming state line,” said the Colorado Department of Public Health and

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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office assembled 10 assessment teams to tally the damage of the fire's most recent pushes, Sheriff Justin Smith wrote in a Facebook post Monday morning.

Another blaze, the Calwood Fire raging in the north-central part of the state, forced nearly 3,000 people to flee — including residents of tiny Jamestown at the foothills of the Rockies — over the weekend. The fire, which ignited Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center about 17 miles from downtown Boulder, has singed more than 8,700 acres and is 15% contained.

a sunset over a city at night: Flames from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, burn trees along a ridge outside Estes Park, Colo., on Oct. 16, 2020. © Bethany Baker, Fort Collins Coloradoan Flames from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, burn trees along a ridge outside Estes Park, Colo., on Oct. 16, 2020.

By Monday afternoon, fire crews had been "successful in constructing and patrolling lines so far today with very little fire movement so far," according to incident command.

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Smoke from the CalWood Fire seen from Gunbarrel, Colorado Sunday. Some 250 firefighters are in the field working to establish a direct line around the In addition to the CalWood blaze, firefighters in Colorado also continue to battle the Cameron Peak Fire , the largest wildfire in state history.

The largest fire in Colorado history, the Cameron Peak fire , which started in mid-August and is burning west of Fort Collins, has A spot fire east of the main Cameron Peak fire burned homes overnight Friday and into Saturday, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith on Facebook Sunday morning.

At least 26 homes have been lost to the blaze, which is being driven by ferocious winds, said Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph on Saturday.

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Mary Ann Beard told the Daily Camera she has been forced to evacuate her Mountain Ridge home five times. When she got a call Saturday, she assumed the order was for the Cameron Peak Fire, not realizing the Calwood blaze was burning less than 15 miles away.

“I’ve learned to just have a duffel bag open in the closet to just throw clothes into it,” she told the newspaper. “And that’s what happened.”

Beard said 17 homes dotted her subdivision, "and now there's only one standing. There’s just foundations and smoke coming from everywhere. I don’t think it’s all hit me yet.”

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The largest wildfire in Colorado 's history has consumed huge swathes of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, northwest of Denver.

Firefighters in Colorado are also battling the Cameron Peak fire (pictured), which started in mid-August and is burning west of Fort Collins, has 'We saw the huge, billowing smoke coming from the foothills,' she said. 'I've seen ( fires ) in the distance in the mountains, but never a populated area.

Courtney Walsh told the Denver Post she had about a 30-minute warning to gather her children, animals and belongings before sheriff’s deputies urged her to leave her house near Boulder on Saturday afternoon.

“We were just waiting and waiting, and you know there is Twitter and live feeds,” she said. “Then we saw a picture from the National Weather Service, and it focused on our house burning. So then we knew."

The Colorado wildfires were among more than 60 major fires burning in 11 Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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The massive Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County neared 200,000 acres in size Saturday as it continued to grow, pushed by gusty winds that forced new evacuations and helped spark additional spot fires , sending the flames closer to urban areas.

The Cameron Peak fire in Colorado nearly doubled in size over the weekend and although Now the seventh-largest wildfire in Colorado 's history, Paul Bruggink, a spokesperson for the Cameron Peak fire team, told The Denver To continue reading login or create an account. No subscription required.

Contributing: John Bacon and Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY; Sarah Kyle, Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires continue to rage in Colorado

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