UPDATE: Cameron Peak Fire destroys 37 more buildings


The Cameron Peak Fire saw little growth Sunday night and Monday, thanks to the colder weather and moisture that hit the fire Sunday, and containment remained at 21%.

According to live online updates Monday morning and evening from the fire management team, the wildfire grew by 23 acres overnight, reaching 124,049 total acres, and then added another 100 acres during the day Monday.

As part of Monday night’s update, the team relayed information about damage from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The county damage assessment teams discovered 39 buildings that had been burned during the dramatic growth of the fire Friday and Saturday — 37 that were destroyed and two others that sustained major damage. Six of the destroyed or damaged structures were homes, according to the update.

All of the property owners who had suffered damage were notified by the Sheriff’s Office, according to the update.

A previous damage assessment Sept. 10 and 11 found that 25 homes and 29 outbuildings had been destroyed at that point.

While winds continued hitting the fire Sunday, gusts were not as powerful, and their overall direction shifted to the north. This wind shift, combined with some moisture, cooled fire activity and allowed firefighters to get an upper hand on the two northern fingers of the fire, according to the Monday morning update.

While firefighters worked on the fire, crews from Poudre Valley REA worked Sunday evening to restore power to many areas affected by power outages.

A new fire management team will take charge of the fire starting Tuesday morning.

According to the morning update, the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 6 arrived on site and would be shadowing the Southwest area Incident Management Team 3 to “gather intelligence and situational awareness” before taking over Tuesday.