Cameron Peak Fire finally reaches 100% containment

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The largest wildfire in Colorado history has finally reached 100% containment.

Cameron Peak Fire officials announced in a press release on Wednesday night that the fire was fully contained. 

The fire burned 208,913 acres over 112 days (nearly 4 months) before it was fully contained.

“Crews will remain working on the fire to continue repair and rehabilitation,” the release said. 

The fire had reached 97% containment earlier in the day with the remaining area not contained a small dry pond, or fen, that continued to smolder several feet below the ground in a remote area just northwest of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus. That was contained by Wednesday night.

The fire started Aug. 13 in the Roosevelt National Forest between Cameron Peak and the Chambers Lake Campground.

The fire destroyed 461 structures — 224 residential structures, including 42 primary residences, 220 outbuildings and 17 business structures associated with the Shambhala Mountain Center north of Rustic. Four residential structures and four outbuildings were damaged.

Several minor injuries to firefighters occurred during the fire, mostly from heat exhaustion. At least 43 firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 by mid-October. As of Wednesday, that number had grown to at least 70 people who worked on the fire, according to outbreak data provided by the county and state health departments.

There were no deaths attributed the fire.

The East Troublesome Fire reached 100% containment Monday. It was the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history to date.

Coloradoan reporter Miles Blumhardt contributed to this story.

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