(Cameron Peak Fire)
By Nia Bender
COLORADO – Our winter weather last week definitely helped firefighters working on The Cameron Peak Fire in western Larimer County. The blaze started on August 13th, and while the snow has slowed things down, it’s still only about 4% contained. Currently, it’s the fifth-largest fire in colorado’s history, scorching over 102,000 acres over the weeks. Officials fighting the Cameron Peak Fire said over the weekend they have made progress containing the fire after last week’s snowfall, but the fire is so massive that any progress seems small by comparison. The fire has destroyed at least 54 buildings so far.
There’s some good news concerning Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) this morning. Rangers say crews were able to remove snowdrifts that were several feet high over the weekend. Trail Ridge Rd. was already closed over Labor Day weekend because of The Cameron Peak fire and the snow added to the issues.
The entire roadway was opened up on Saturday.