Cameron Peak fire tops 100,000 acres, but snow and cold weather expected to dampen growth – The Denver Post

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The Cameron Peak fire topped 102,596 acres, or 160 square miles, overnight Monday, though fire crews expect snowfall and colder weather will limit the fire’s spread.

One inch of snow fell overnight, fire officials said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning, as an early winter storm transformed large swaths of Colorado from searing heat to near-freezing temperatures.

The snow, along with cooler temperatures, are expected to dampen fire growth, officials said.

Fire crews on Tuesday plan to focus on the section of the fire burning within Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said in news release.

The cold weather — along with rain and snow — is expected to remain over the fire for several days, officials said, until warm and dry conditions return Friday. Firefighters plan to take advantage of the cold temperatures and snow to assess the fire and suppress hot spots.

After remaining relatively stable, the Cameron Peak fire exploded over the weekend, tripling in size as record-high temperatures and low relative humidity fueled rapid growth.

The fire’s quick expansion prompted more evacuations in Larimer County, with an unknown number of structures lost.


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