Passing along …
“Strong Winds Challenge Firefighters”
“While Rocky Mountain National Park and the Long Draw Road at the southern end of the fire are quieter, crews, engines, and air resources are working to minimize southernly movement.”
________________________________ From: 2020 COARF Cameron Peak Fire <email@example.com> Sent: Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:16 AM Subject: [EXTERNAL] Sept 26 Cameron Peak Fire Update
Strong Winds Challenge Firefighters
Current Situation: The red flag weather conditions increased fire activity yesterday and expanded the fire perimeter to the northeast. The most active areas of the fire are north of Highway 14 between the “thumb” and the main fire and near Comanche Reservoir. On the north, winds pushed the fire approximately three miles east of Kinickinik across the Killpecker line and into the Seven Mile drainage. Crews started pump, hose, and sprinkler set ups are wetting down that fireline. Night resources were increased and worked on defensive actions to hold the fire there. Dozers opened up access to the 171 road system which is helping firefighters to engage that area. The fire was active in the Comanche Reservoir area but burned downhill and then back into itself limiting spread. While Rocky Mountain National Park and the Long Draw Road at the southern end of the fire are quieter, crews, engines, and air resources are working to minimize southernly movement. Airtankers (including a very large airtanker or VLAT) and helicopters assisted firefighters on the ground throughout the fire, but the gusty winds kept the helicopters from flying much of yesterday afternoon. Crews are also actively working on structure protection ahead of the advancing fire.
The Red flag weather warning is still in effect today and will continue to create challenging fire behavior conditions. Forecasted winds and severe turbulence will possibly hamper air operations. Crews and equipment will continue engaging the fire directly where there is a high probability of success and it is safe to do so.
Closures and Evacuations: For a full list of evacuations and road closures, visit nocoalert.org<nocoalert.org/>. The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests fire closure area is available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6964/0/107171<inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/6964/0/107171%20>. Rocky Mountain National Park closures include trails, travel zones, and campsites in the northern part of the park. Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) is open. Old Fall River Road remains closed. For more information visit www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm
Weather Conditions: The red flag weather warning continues in effect Saturday for elevations below 9000”. Saturday morning wind gusts are predicted to be up to 60 mph. Sunday, winds will be decreasing to 20 mph with possible rain or snow predicted later in the day.
Fire Restrictions: The Canyon Lakes Ranger District has implemented Stage 2 fire restrictions, for more information visit: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801392.pdf. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closure, for more information visit: www.nps.gov/romo/learn/fire-information-and-regulations.htm, Larimer County has implemented a fire ban until October 31 at noon, for more information visit tinyurl.com/y332jsoy. Also, the State of Colorado has implemented a statewide open fire ban until October 7.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): With the increase in fire activity the TFR expanded approximately eight miles north and four miles east. It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. The use of drones is always prohibited in national parks. For more information please visit knowbeforeyoufly.org<knowbeforeyoufly.org/>.
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