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Cheyenne, Wyoming (AP) — Colorado’s largest wildfire in history spread overnight as strong winds pushed flames into rural areas and predicted “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday.
Cascairns, a spokesman for Cameron Peak’s fire activity, said gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight caused “very important” fire activity, especially along the southeastern part.
“Today’s plan is to turn the fire east,” said Paul Delmerico, chief operating officer of the Cameron Peak fire, earlier Saturday. “Today we are facing the same serious fire situation as yesterday.”
He said they were expecting a gust of 60 mph (96 km) at noon.
By Saturday morning, the fire had expanded to 293 square miles (759 square kilometers) and 57% was contained.
Boulder County fire authorities reported a new fire broke out west of Boulder on Saturday afternoon. The Boulder Emergency Management Agency said on Twitter that Jamestown was evacuating and Highway 7 was closed between the Peak to Peak Highway and the town of Lions.
The new fire broke out near the Cal-Wood Education Center, about 17 miles (27 km) from downtown Boulder. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said it was evacuating Hall Ranch and Hail Valley trails due to the Calwood fire.
Fire officials at Cameron Peak said fire activity increased on Saturday afternoon and spot fires were spreading east of the fire and moving towards Mason Building.
People along US34, the highway leading to Rocky Mountain National Park, evacuated on Friday, but Delmerico said the town of Estes Park might escape.
“The movement of fire and land placement, terrain, features, ridges, Estes Park are not outside the forest, but as the fire progresses and moves southeast, it feels like that. Impressive … we … I feel that the Estes Park community is not under imminent threat or direct attack. “
He said changes in the wind could change that, but that was unexpected.
Firefighters focused on protecting Drake and Glen Haven and the surrounding homes. The area has hundreds of huts on forested slopes and ridges. However, the wind not only prevented the plane dumping the slurry from flying, but also prevented the plane from seeing the worsening situation to the firefighters.
At the beginning of Saturday, Glenhaven’s Volunteer Fire Department said, “As of this morning, the only place affected by the fire is the far end of the retreat near the Millerfolk / Copper Hill intersection. Although the fire is in Balwalk Ridge. , The Balwalk Ridge Road has not been reached. “
The voluntary evacuation zone extended to the Lake Carter area, eight miles (13 km) west of Loveland, and was advised not to wait for the emergency to leave, requiring extra time.
The flame set Colorado’s size record after Colorado grew more than 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) due to strong winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The fire sent heavy smoke to Fort Collins, urging them to evacuate to the Horsetooth Reservoir at the western end of the city.
It began in mid-August in the highlands 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Collins and lasted despite more than a foot (30 cm) of snow on Labor Day. Prior to this week’s rekindling, it contained over 50%.
Twenty-five miles (40 km) north of the Cameron Peak fire, firefighters were watching windy forecasts for the Colorado-Wyoming Murren fire. Despite the recent winds, the fire has barely grown this week.
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