Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County intensifies Sunday, forces evacuations

The Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County intensified again Sunday afternoon and forced additional evacuations after shooting a smoke plume 35,000 feet into the air the previous day.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Sunday afternoon for Buckhorn Road from Pennock Pass to Larimer County Road 27, according to a tweet from the sheriff’s office. An evacuation center is open at Cache La Poudre Middle School, 3515 West Larimer County Road 54G, Laporte.

Firefighters expected the blaze to become extreme again Sunday with high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds forecast, according to an afternoon update from fire officials.

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) September 6, 2020

The fire’s intensity led the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue an air quality alert, recommending residents in areas along the Poudre River, including Rustic, Poudre Park, Bellevue, La Porte, and Fort Collins to stay indoors. The alert is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.

So far, the Cameron Peak fires has burned 34,289 acres and is 5% contained. On Sunday, firefighters are focusing on protecting houses and other buildings.

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