Cameron Peak Fires Escalate, Force Mandatory Evacuations

by Jon D. B.
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Colorado residents are evacuating Wednesday as the Cameron Peak Fires continue to escalate dramatically after 60 mph gusting winds.

Mandatory evacuations are underway today as the Cameron Peak Fire rages in Colorado. A bout of severe gusting winds are causing state officials to double their emergency radius. The winds, some in excess of 60 mph, struck last night and continue today.

The wildfire rages on in Larimer County, just southeast of Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus. The school itself is under threat of being lost to the inferno. Firefighters are battling flames today in order to spare campus buildings.

According to the Coloradoan, the severe winds have spread the Cameron Peak Fire “all the way east to Masonville”. Fire crews are clearing people “from the foothills immediately west of Fort Collins,” too, as both areas are in immediate danger.

As a public service, the Coloradoan has made their coverage of the fire “free to read due to public safety concerns”.

About 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Buckhorn Road (Larimer County Road 27) from Larimer County Road 44H south to Masonville due to immediate and imminent danger.

Coloradoan

Cameron Peak Fires “burning intensely”

In a record year of wildfires, Colorado state is on high-alert to prevent any casualties. In addition to state precautions, national services are doing all they can, The National Weather Service is live-tweeting updates on the fire, as well.

Cameron Peak, too, is burning with a heat and specific intensity unlike most. As a result, the wildfire is showing up vividly on their weather radar. The lime green indicates normal, cooler temperatures. The deep green, however, shows plumes of smoke wafting from the fires. At the center of the event sits colors familiar to such disasters. The bright yellow, orange, and deep reds in the middle signify the immense heat from the wildfire itself:

For any who may be affected by the fires, however, call 970-980-2500 for further information. The number connects to The Joint information Center. Colorado state’s JIC will answer all questions regarding “evacuations, road closures, accessing property, credentials and large and small animal sheltering.”

[H/T Coloradoan]

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