Evacuations and road closures as forest fires rage in the Front Range – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2020-10-17 18:10:04 –

Stimulated by erratic winds, existing and new forest fires broke out on Saturday, causing several evacuations and road closures.

The Cameron Peak fire, which started on August 13, moved east toward Loveland throughout the afternoon. These areas were the subject of a mandatory evacuation order on Saturday:

  • East side of Glade Road, north of Mildred Lane north of Spring Canyon Ranch Road
  • All of County Road 52E (Rist Canyon Road), from County Road 27 East to County Road 27E
  • County Road 27 east to the Devil’s Backbone

Nearby in Boulder County, another wildfire broke out on Saturday. The Calwood Fire burns near the Cal-Wood Education Center in Boulder County. The town of Jamestown in Boulder County is under a mandatory evacuation order in the run-up to the Calwood fire.

CDOT urges travelers to avoid unnecessary trips to the area and allow emergency responders and evacuated residents to travel as needed. Closures are in place along State Highway 7 from Lyon at the junction of Highway 72 and on US-34 from Mall Road to Estes Park (Mile Point 65) east of the Dam Store (MP85). Additional closures, including along the US-36, are possible thanks to this event; all closures can be found at

In the live blog below, we provide the latest updates on all wildfire activity in the state:

4:13 p.m. | Cameron Peak Update: A localized fire near Buckskin Heights that was originally reported at 12:15 p.m. – at 3:00 p.m. this localized fire was estimated to be 75 to 100 acres. The structures were impacted.

4:12 pm | Cameron Peak Fire officials have ordered voluntary evacuations for County Road 38E from Rim Rock Valley Lane to South Bay.

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