Stage 3 fire restrictions lifted near Cameron Peak Fire area

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — While parts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests remain restricted due to the Cameron Peak Fire, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday all Stage 3 restrictions were rescinded.

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Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place for safety, the efficiency of suppression and suppression repairs and to minimize the start of any new fires, according to fire officials. The Cameron Peak Fire is the largest fire in the state’s recorded history at 208,913 acres. It’s currently 92% contained and fire officials estimate it will be fully contained on Nov. 22.

The adverse weather and road conditions in the southern part of the fire led to the decision to pull personnel from the line Monday. Work and suppression repair continued across the northern parts of the fire, including timber procession in the Red Feather Lakes area. Increased winds and very low windchills kept resources on standby Tuesday morning.

The cause remains under investigation for the wildfire that started nearly three months ago on Aug. 13.

Three of the largest wildfires in Colorado history occurred this year. These are the state’s 10 largest wildfires, ranked by acreage:
1. Cameron Peak Fire (2020): 208,913 acres
2. East Troublesome Fire (2020): 193,812 acres
3. Pine Gulch Fire (2020): 139,007 acres
4. Hayman Fire (2002): 137,760 acres
5. Spring Fire (2018): 108,045 acres
6. High Park Fire (2012): 87,284 acres
7. Missionary Ridge Fire (2002): 72,962 acres
8. 416 Fire (2018): 54,000 acres
9. Bridger Fire (2008): 45,800 acres
10. Last Chance Fire (2012): 45,000 acres
Note: The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center said the West Fork Complex fire, which burned a total of 109,632 acres in 2013, is not included on this list since it involved three separate fires.

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