Cameron Peak Fire Full Containment Could Come This Weekend
The Cameron Peak Fire has now been burning for more than 100 days.
But the end is now is sight.
Officials currently estimate full containment will be reached on Sunday (Nov. 22). The fire has been sitting over 208,913 acres since Nov. 2. Containment is at 92% as of Thursday's morning's official update.
More precipitation is predicted to fall starting Friday.
"Progress has been good, but we still have work to get done in the area of suppression repair (in the next couple days)," said Cameron Peak Fire spokesperson Josie Williams in an email.
The Cameron Peak Fire was started on the afternoon of Aug. 13 — the cause is under investigation but it is believed that it was human-caused because of a lack of lightning activity in the area.
Unseasonably hot and dry conditions allowed the fire to spread rapidly and frequently rain ash down upon the Front Range. 224 homes, including 42 primary residences, have been reported as destroyed.
The Cameron Peak Fire blossomed into the largest fire in Colorado history and first ever to burn over more than 200,000 acres. It came close to merging into a megafire with the East Troublesome Fire and Mullen Fire that spread down from Wyoming.
LARGEST COLORADO FIRES IN HISTORY
- 2020 Cameron Peak Fire 208,913 acres
- 2020 East Troublesome Fire 193,812 acres
- 2020 Pine Gulch Fire 139,007 acres
- 2002 Hayman Fire 137,760 acres
- 2013 West Fork Complex Fire 108,045 acres
- 2012 High Park Fire 87,250 acres