Cameron Peak fire: Cooler temps, wind shift and a bit of moisture help firefighters

Cooler weather, a shift in the winds and a bit of moisture calmed the Cameron Peak fire overnight giving firefighters an upper hand along portions of the north side of the fire.

Fire crews working overnight were able to burn out fuels, setting fire ahead of the wildfire, on “two northern fingers” of the fire, according to fire command.

“This burnout allowed follow-up work to be done with bulldozers creating a fireline along this previously very active front,” fire officials said on Facebook.

On Sunday night the Poudre Valley REA, and energy provider, was allowed to restore power to Crystal Lakes, Red Feather Lakes and Glacier View communities. The power had been shut down, in part, as a safety precaution. Electric association officials and crews continue to assess areas impacted by the fire.

Residents with a Livermore postal address evacuated because of the fire can pick up mail at the Livermore Post Office, which is not within the evacuation area.

On Sunday night, fire crews continued to secure containment lines along the northeastern edge of the fire. More favorable weather has also allowed for “advances” on the southern fire perimeter as well.

“Firefighters plan to take advantage of the continued cooler temperatures and decreased winds Monday,” command said.

The fire, which has burned 124,026 acres, almost 194-square miles, is 21% contained, according to InciWeb. It started on Aug. 13 about 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes.

Over the weekend firefighters protected the landmark Great Stupa at the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Buddhist retreat, as the fire was driven by gusty winds burning through dry vegetation.


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