Colorado Fire Map, Update as Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Blazes Destroy Over 500 Structures

The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires—the two largest wildfires by acreage in Colorado history—have collectively destroyed more than 500 structures, including around 300 homes, according to county officials.

The Cameron Peak blaze has destroyed 425 structures, including 209 homes, according to the director of emergency management for Larimer County, Lori Hodges. The other 216 structures were outbuildings.

Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin confirmed "about 100 or so" destroyed homes were identified on Tuesday by the damage assessment team. "We're finding more every direction we turn around."

That same day, the National Interagency Fire Center said Colorado was its "top priority" due to its six large fires and more than 447,000 burned acres.

Here are the latest updates on some of the fires across the state.

Cameron Peak Fire

  • Size: 208,663 acres
  • Containment: 64 percent
  • Location: Larimer County

The Cameron Peak Fire, which has been burning since August 13, saw no growth or further containment since Sunday.

A Facebook page dedicated to the fire said a it had received "a lot of questions" on why the containment percentage was not increasing despite significant snowfall last week.

The Cameron Peak Fire page responded to the questions, posting: "Containment will only be changed when there is no longer any heat threatening the perimeter of the fire and fire managers are confident that the fire will not grow past the current perimeter in an area."

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) said a snowstorm which lasted from Sunday to midday Monday "brought 15"-20" of snow" over Cameron Peak and East Troublesome-Thompson Zone spot fire.

"The snow was not a season ending event, but a season slowing event," the group noted. "Fire activity decreased in the past few days but could become more active as temperatures increase later in the week.

"Inaccessible and hazardous road conditions are still a factor so overhead fire personnel will continue to assess the effects of the fire to focus our priorities when we resume fire suppression and evaluate our ability to start suppression repairs," it added.

All National Forest lands on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District remained closed.

East Troublesome Fire

  • Size: 192,560 acres
  • Containment: 20 percent
  • Location: Grand County

The East Troublesome Fire saw no growth since Sunday, while its containment doubled to 20 percent since then, according to the latest report Tuesday by the NWCG.

Recent snowfall in the East Troublesome Fire area has provided a pause in fire activity, allowing fire crew to maintain and prepare their equipment. "The snow has slowed fire activity; however, it is not expected to be enough to put the fire out," the NWCG warned on Tuesday.

While the fire is projected "to smolder in heavier concentrations of dead/downed fuels," no growth is expected, the NWCG added.

Evacuation orders have been downgraded to pre-evacuation notices on the north side of Highway 40 between Hot Sulphur Spring and Highway 125, including the Sheriff's Creek, Kinney Creek and Drowsy Water Ranch areas, the Grand County Office of Emergency Management said on Twitter.

"Any evacuated residents in the area N [north] of Hwy [Highway] 40 may return to homes between Hot Sulphur Springs to Hwy 125, but be vigilant & prepared. Your area is still in a pre-evacuation order. If you do not feel safe, you do not have to go home," the office added.

Existing forest closures remain in place while the Bureau of Land Management – Kremmling Field Office has reopened parts of previously closed areas, the NWCG noted Tuesday.

Middle Fork Fire

  • Size: 20,433 acres
  • Containment: 12 percent
  • Location: Routt County

The Middle Fork Fire saw no growth or further containment since Sunday, according to the NWCG report Tuesday.

Cold temperatures and snow cover were expected to minimize fire activity on Tuesday, with dry weather projected through next weekend. "Firefighters will monitor the fire from safe locations and deploy as weather and safety allow," the NWCG report noted.

No evacuation orders or pre-evacuation warnings are in effect for Routt County but pre-evacuation notices are in place for parts of Jackson County, including the Rainbow Lakes, Aqua Fria, Teal and Tiago Lake areas.

Trail and road closures remain in place across the area impacted by the fire.

Other fires

  • Williams Fork Fire, Grand County (14,749 acres, 35 percent contained).
  • Calwood Fire, Boulder County (10,105 acres; 76 percent contained).
  • Ice Fire, Silverton (596 acres; 100 percent contained).
East Troublesome Fire, Colorado, October 2020
An overview of the East Troublesome Fire just north of Granby, Colorado on October 22. Maps4media via Getty Images