FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history.
The hearth made one other huge run east Wednesday and was listed at 158,300 acres as of 7:30 p.m. MDT Wednesday. Containment was at 56%.
It has now surpassed one other 2020 hearth — the Pine Gulch Fire — for the largest in the state’s historical past. The Pine Gulch Fire close to Grand Junction reached 139,007 acres earlier than it was totally contained in late September.
The Cameron Peak Fire has grown more than 20,000 acres over the past day. It started on Aug. 13 on the Arapaho and Roosevelt nationwide forests close to Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake.
The newest evacuations in the trail of the Cameron Peak Fire affected primarily leisure properties — together with lots of of mountain cabins — in and across the communities of Glen Haven and Drake east of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The hearth continued spreading into distant northern Rocky Mountain National Park and was bearing down on the Colorado State University Mountain Campus a few miles north of the park.
“We’re preparing to do whatever is necessary in those areas,” hearth operations trainee Tim Daly stated in a briefing in regards to the efforts to guard the campus and communities.
The Cameron Peak Fire has broken or destroyed 95 buildings, together with 33 properties.
The Hayman Fire of 2002 had been the state’s largest wildfire till the Pine Gulch Fire. That blaze, which stays one of the vital extreme wildfires with respect to burning depth, in keeping with the U.S. Forest Service, blackened 137,760 acres and destroyed 600 buildings close to Colorado Springs.
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Contributing: Jessica Flores, USA TODAY; The Associated Press.
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