LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday morning and afternoon around the Cameron Peak Fire, due to “immediate and imminent danger.”
Officials have ordered mandatory evacuations for:
- Glacier View;
- The area between Stove Prairie Landing south on County Road 27 to County Road 44H and east, to include Stratton Park;
- Along Highway 14 from Kelly Flats to Stove Prairie Landing;
- Along Highway 14, from Stove Prairie Landing to Gateway Park;
- County Road 27 from County Road 44H south to Big Bear Road;
- County Road 52E (Rist Canyon Road) to include Davis Ranch Road, Whale Rock Road and west to County Road 27E.
Some of the areas were previously under voluntary evacuation orders but those have been upgraded to mandatory.
Members of the Colorado National Guard were directing evacuees.
The fire exploded in size over the weekend — from 24,000 acres on Friday to 59,051 acres Sunday night. It is now the seventh largest fire in Colorado history. It is just 4% contained. It is burning 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith on Monday afternoon. “It’s getting into areas with structures. And we’ve had to pull the pin on evacuations at a level that we’d never expected.”
Smith said the fire made “about a 10 mile run in a day or two.”
On Sunday, people living on Buckhorn Road, from Pennock Pass to County Road 27, were ordered to evacuate.
On Saturday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living on Pingree Park Road, Highway 14 from the Fish Hatchery east to Kelly Flats.
Cache La Poudre Middle School on County Road 54G in Laporte will serve as a shelter. Small animals can be taken to the Larimer County Humane Society. Those with large animals are asked to contact Troy Badberg at 970-443-3231.
Rocky Mountain National Park officials closed Old Fall River and Trail Ridge Roads. They will remain closed because of “critical fire weather conditions, strong winds and active fire behavior.” The closure includes access to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
The fire created a huge plume of smoke that was be blown through Fort Collins, down to the Denver metro area, and out east across the state. It caused hazy skies and created unhealthy air conditions.