Be Nice. Beetles continue to eat away at a tree until it is completely dead and brittle — ideal fuel for wildfires. By contrast, the 2002 Hayman fire, which began in June, was contained after a little over a month. Now the largest wildfire in Colorado state history, the Cameron Peak Fire has reached 164,140 acres as of Thursday morning – significantly larger than the 158,300-acre size that was reported on Wednesday night when it was announced that the blaze pushed past Pine Gulch Fire (139,007 acres; 2020) and Hayman Fire (137,760 acres; 2002) in total acreage burnt. After a stormy day over the fire Thursday, Friday is expected to be calmer, but also drier. Don't Threaten. That's a recipe for more strong fire growth and fire crews are preparing for several days of bad conditions. 7:30 a.m.: After a few days of more favorable conditions, temperatures today will be back up in near 80, winds will gust to 10-20 mph, and humidity dropping to 15-20 percent. The Cameron Peak Fire activity has increased in the area south of Highway 14 toward Crown Point, the Pingree Park Road and County Road 44H area. or anything. Our original story continues below. You have permission to edit this article. It's just kind of slowly creeping and torching," said deputy operations chief Mike Johnson at a briefing Thursday evening. Not only was the Hayman fire the largest in Colorado history, but it was also one of the most severe with respect to burn intensity. All Rights Reserved. See up-to-date information on closures here. The area had previously been on pre-evacuation orders. © 2020 Colorado Public Radio. Signup today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates. We'd love to hear eyewitness You can find the latest weekend updates here. “What this means is if fire carried from the conifer forest, it would likely be unsuccessful.”. Skip Navigation The narrow road over Independence Pass was also closed for a couple of hours today due to a crash, and for a while last week after semi-trucks started using it as a detour. #CameronPeakFire At CPR News, our mission is to serve all Coloradans, not a partisan sliver. accounts, the history behind an article. Meg Cicciarella, a public information officer for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, said firefighters are patrolling and monitoring Long Draw Road to keep the fire from advancing into the park. As the election approaches, we wanted to explain more thoroughly what we’re doing to earn your trust every day. Photos donâ€™t quite capture the fact that the air is as thick as sweetened condensed milk. While the fire burned, record amounts of particulate matter were measured in the air. 2002 Trinidad Complex, Las Animas County — 27,084 acres. Met plenty of residents up here packing bags in case of evacuations. ... 4. The agency has requested that aid that could cover 80 percent of the total repair cost. Lory is in the mandatory evacuation zone and will remain closed. Park County BULL!etin: Fire Links: Links of Local Interest: HAYMAN PLUS ONE (Link Expired) Bailey photographer, Mike Quaintance, presents a photo essay of the Hayman Burn area, one year later. Note the dark black line around the edge of the blaze that indicates where containment has been established: See the most up-to-date information about this fire on the official Facebook page and on InciWeb. Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. In one instance, firefighters had to engage a 6-acre spot fire at Bel Air Lake, which they were able to suppress. "It's not making any big runs. As of August 27, 2020 the Pine Gulch Fire became the largest wildfire in Colorado State history, surpassing the Hayman Fire that burned near Colorado Springs in the summer of 2002. Across a wide swath of foothills between South Park and Colorado Springs, the fire burned nearly 138,000 acres—including 60,000 in just one day—and destroyed more than 600 structures, including 133 houses. This is just above Poudre Canyon near Quigley Mountain. It's still too early to estimate the cost of damages to the interstate caused by the Grizzly Creek fire, CDOT staff say. If that does occur, the terrain could provide a natural barrier to the flames. Some rain in the area helped them expand containment lines. The map (left) shows the burn area and the 'burn severity' of various areas of the Hayman fire. 7:30 a.m.: Crews have been getting a bit of help from the weather, finally. As of August 27, 2020 the Pine Gulch Fire became the largest wildfire in Colorado State history, surpassing the Hayman Fire that burned near Colorado Springs in the summer of 2002. It's currently only around 13,000 acres smaller than the 2002 Hayman Fire. For the first time in Colorado history, two fires that started in September burned more than 10,000 acres. Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. Figure 15—On June 17 and 18 gusty winds and low humidity returned, facilitating intense fire behavior as the fire advanced to the east. each comment to let us know of abusive posts. By contrast, the 2002 Hayman fire, which began in June, was contained after a little over a month. Error! The Hayman Fire, by far the largest wildfire in Colorado's history, was a human-caused fire that began on June 8, 2002, and continued for three weeks burning nearly 140,000 acres, destroying 600 buildings and forcing the evacuation of more than 5,000 people.Of the 137,000 acres within the fire perimeter, approximately 40,000 are in Jefferson County. (This includes the Mullen fire, which started in Wyoming but … Other closures are in place at Rocky Mountain National Park and in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests due to the blaze. The fire has close I-70 at Glenwood Canyon, but it could reopen in "days, not weeks," Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew announced at a press conference Thursday evening. (This includes the Mullen fire, which started in Wyoming but … Success! CPR is now able to receive gifts of real estate to support our mission. The fire, first reported on Sept. 13, had grown to 16,602 acres Thursday.