The Cameron Peak fire, now the largest in Colorado history, continues to burn from west to east and is visible from vantage points in Estes Park. It has consumed more than 185,000 acres, or 289 square miles. Today is expected to be a difficult one for firefighters, with winds gusting from 50-70 mph. A report this morning indicated that Estes is not “imminently threatened or in the direct line of fire,” but is not yet in the clear, either. For communities around Glen Haven, however, it’s going to be precarious. High winds mean no aircraft in the sky to drop water and slurry.
I have friends and many, many memories in Estes and in Rocky Mountain National Park and have been watching this fire since it began some two months ago. To date all but a small, remote area of the park has been spared.
Meanwhile, here in greater Denver, the smoke got really intense for a few hours yesterday and reminded me of dust storms in the old days in Oklahoma City. But that smoke was attributed to the East Troublesome fire some 100 miles west of Denver. (I had no idea there was a community in Colorado called Troublesome.) We’ve been warned that smoke today will be from the Cameron Peak fire.
My thoughts continue to be with residents in the area whose lives and property are at risk and with the firefighters who’ve fought for two long months to control the blaze.
2 pm: Yikes. Just got word that there’s a new fire (dubbed CalWood fire) just northwest of Boulder. The town of Jamestown is being evacuated. This is starting to feel like California.